"It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God - but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people." -Oswald Chambers
As pure as our intentions may be, it is easy to get caught up in the world's definition of "success" even when it comes to living out our faith. We want to make a big impact, we want to have the big audience, we want to do great things for the Kingdom. But over time, our measurements can begin to reflect the way the world measures success - bigger, better, faster, stronger.
We want to do exceptional things.
But God never calls us to be exceptional.
To be noticed.
To be successful.
He calls us to be faithful.
And to die to ourselves daily.
Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." (Luke 9:23)
Sometimes I think of the thousands upon thousands of saints who have gone before us. People who lived their lives exceptionally in the ordinary things of life. They were holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people. But we don't know their names.
Maybe they served their family faithfully.
Maybe they honored their parents well.
Maybe they sacrificed wealth or power to serve Jesus.
Maybe they lived lives of quiet devotion.
Were they any less exceptional?
Because they didn't have a crowd of people coming to hear them speak.
Because they didn't have multiple books published.
Because they didn't have thousands of Instagram followers.
Because they didn't have biographies written about them.
Were their lives any less significant? Did their impact matter less?
No, they were exceptional in the eyes of their Father. The One who created them. Who knew the number of hairs on their head. Who saw their quiet obedience and perseverance. Who walked beside them in the small, unnoticed acts of faithfulness.
They lived for the applause of heaven.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Colossians 3:23
May we do the same. May we live our lives not seeking to do exceptional things, but seeking to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, pointing to an exceptional Savior even in the mundane, every day tasks of life. May we walk with Jesus daily, serving Him on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people.