Normal days are a part of life, and we should be okay with that.
I’m not in a full time ministry job like I want to be. My heart’s desire is to be a youth pastor, or a lead pastor, or a teacher of biblical studies or a professor at a Bible school or seminary. I want to be sharing and educating people with open minds and open hearts. I want to reveal to them what has been revealed to me. I want to see them know and experience God with their minds, and then see it change and transform their lives.
But that isn’t what I’m doing now.
Yes, I am still sharing and showing people what God is sharing and showing to me. But it isn’t how I always envisioned it. Because right now, I am not in ministry. I’m working a 9 to 5 job.
There isn’t anything wrong with a 9 to 5 job. I’ve been at this one for two years, coming up on three this November. My boss is alright, he does give me the freedom to sit and read a book when it’s dead. Or I can write a blog if I am so inclined.
But the idea that I would be leading a “normal” life, that I would be doing what everyone else did for a living was not how I imagined my life would go. I think that a lot of Christians feel the same way. When God calls you, when you have a fiery passion to do something for God, we imagine that it will be something unique, something special. Something that is different than what everyone else is doing. Something that will not be 9 to 5, something that is not “normal”. Most of us don’t put “normal” days in the imagined future of our life when we are called to something, or destined to do a work for God. We think, or at least I did, that “normal” days aren’t supposed to be for us.
Lately, however, I’ve been noticing more and more in the Bible that normal days were normal. The people that did great things for God, the people that we see as heroes of the faith, they had normal days too.
The truth is that normal days are a part of our Christian life. They are a part of living out the call that God has for your life. Normal days, days that are not marked as special or particularly unique, are supposed to be a part of our faith relationship with God. These days are not something to fear. They are not something to dread. Everyone has them. There were three great men of our faith that had normal days and normal jobs. These things did not take away from their calling or their divine destiny. It was a part of it.
Abraham is known as the father of our faith (Romans 4). But before he was Father Abraham, he was just a normal man, doing a normal job. He had flocks and herds. He had to seek out pastures so that his livelihood did not die. Then one day, the LORD calls out to Abraham. One day God tells Abraham that he is not a normal man, that his life is not ordinary. Instead it will be something unique, something special. Abraham was destined for something unlike anyone else in history. He was being called to something extraordinary.
God promises Abraham that he will be the father of a great nation.God told him that Abraham would have an heir of his own. But then what happened? Did he suddenly remove himself from the everyday business that he had done before? Did he abandon his flocks and herds when God made this covenant? No.
In fact, right after that happened, Abraham went back to his normal life. He had servants to oversee. He had business to attend to. He had a to-do list of things that needed to be done.
Just because God had called him to something special, something unique,t did not mean that the normal, daily grind was something that could be left behind. One only has to read through the Abraham account found in Genesis to see that time and again Abraham is doing normal things like leaving one place because of drought and moving to another, or sitting in his tent when the Lord comes to visit him. Abraham’s life was filled with perfectly normal days. Just because Abraham was destined to be the father of many nations, he was not removed from the realm of reality that everyone else lives in.
There was a young boy that was busy working in the field, when a servant came to get him. A prophet had demanded the young boy’s presence. When the young boy arrived home, he was anointed the future king of Israel. This boy was David. After he was anointed, he went back to the fields.
Much later, David would famously slay the giant Goliath. This was a great moment of victory for Israel. They were not to be trifled with now. The LORD and David fought for them. But after the victory over Goliath, David went back to his fields for a time (1 Samuel 16-17).
After being anointed king, and after defeating an enemy that no one else would face, did David immediately step into the role that he had been called to?After he was the one that was praised as greater than the current king, when he had won the peoples’ and God’s favour, did David add the title of King to the front of his name? No.
Rather than take what was his by force, rather than assume that the time was right to become all that God had destined him to be, David waited. David went back to his normal everyday job. There were times when David would change his profession. He became a personal musician to the current king. He even became a general in the Israelite army. But he never became King. Not until God said it was time was David made king. That left David with decades of normal days, days that were not marked as days fulfilling his calling or destiny. And that was okay. There was nothing wrong with having a normal job, and living a normal life.
His birth was predicted thousands of years before it actually came to pass. His life was foretold by men that he would never meet. When he was born, the news was proclaimed by the heavenly hosts, singing “Glory to God in the Highest, and peace, good will towards men.” The beginning of Jesus’ life was anything but normal. Extraordinary is the only way that you could describe it, as no one else in history had angels singing about their birth. But what happened after that?
When Jesus was born, when the Son of God came to Earth, did He immediately start His ministry? When Jesus was finally old enough to be considered a man in the Jewish culture, did He begin what the Father had destined for Him to do? Was He performing miracles as a child and giving sermons on mountains and in valleys when he was a teenager?
No. Jesus spent at least 30 years doing a normal, everyday job as a carpenter. The same thing day in and day out, sawing this board and hammering that one. It was almost the end of his life before Jesus did the special and unique things that God had called Him to do. He wasn’t known as a rabbi or “Good Teacher” from the day He set foot in Israel. Rather he was known as a normal man, even among those in his hometown (Mark 6.3). Jesus had a lot of normal days before He started walking the path God had laid out for him.
The same is true for us today.
Normal days are a part of our Christian life. They are a part of living out the call that God has for your life. Normal days, days that are not marked as special or particularly unique, are supposed to be a part of our faith relationship with God. These days are not something to fear. They are not something to dread. I know that I have. I know that there will probably be days in the near future where I will. But just because I feel this way, or just because you may feel this way doesn’t change what the Bible shows to be true.
Normal, every day kinds of days are a part of life. Everyone experiences them. They are not a sign that you have disobeyed God, or that He has forgotten about you. They are a part of living out the calling that He has on your life.
Everyone has normal days. Abraham had them. David had them. Even Jesus had normal days. Don’t be surprised and don’t be worried when you find ourself clocking in at a 9 to 5 job. It is just a part of the destiny that God has for you.
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