As a Christian we can have perpetual novelty even when life seems to be mundane. As a lost man I remember my wife asking me “Just tell me one good thing”, and I couldn’t. You see I was blinded by sin and selfishness. Since being born again I have discovered that one can be content, even in the seemingly hum-drum of the day.
Throughout the scriptures God’s people are told “Be still and know.” This is for those times in life when the frantic busyness becomes too much. You know those times when you bump into yourself in the hallway. We’ve all had those haven’t we? It was never my intention to become so busy and yet it happened. Sometimes we get in a knot trying to figure something out and we talk it over and over and over until we’re physically and emotionally drained. These are the times when we hear God say to us “Be still and know I am God.” I have found that if I simply get still and quiet before the Lord things will get put back in order.
Life has a way of getting us stirred up, but these are the very things God means for us so we will start to live and walk in the Spirit. The Apostle Paul told us we have a treasure in an earthen vessel and the excellency of the power isn’t from us but God. We are troubled yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed… You see in all of life’s troubles we look to the Spirit of God within us to re-calibrate us. We come to see all the trials and pains in life as a way for Jesus Christ to be manifest in our bodies. He wants to shine through us, even through our troubles. Our dying is his way of bringing life to others. Paul said, “So then death works in us, but life in you.”
When the Bible tells us we are a peculiar people the world looks on and says “You’ve got that right!” How do you go through what you go through with such peace? Once a Christian truly embraces what God is doing in their life they can see everything that happens in their life as being for others. We have begun to live our lives from within and are less and less focused on the outer man. In short we are a Spirit person and all of life takes, even the so-called bad stuff, on sort of a perpetual novelty to us. The world can’t understand it but they just might ask us about the hope we have and then we get the opportunity to tell them “Christ in me is the hope of glory”, and he can be in you too if you simply receive him.