David Platt wrote an excellent book called “Radical” confronting the gap between our Bibles and our churches. In the book, he exhorts people to take really radical steps of faith for Christ, to sell houses and building and adopt orphans and move to the inner city. And the message is compelling and Biblical and such a necessary prophetic word to our generation. But there’s another side to discipleship, too. Kevin De Young cautions,
“I worry that some young Christians reading his book might walk away wondering if a life spent working as a loan officer, tithing to their church, praying for their kids, learning to love Christ more, and serving in the Sunday school could possibly be pleasing to God. We need to find a way to attack the American dream while still allowing for differing vocations and that sort of ordinary Christian life that can plod along for fifty years.”
Quiet lives don’t make the Today show, but they do salt the earth with flavor and light. Living the ordinary life with passion and faithfulness, serving an invisible kingdom and an ascended Savior is, in itself, quite extraordinary. Choosing to love a difficult person, giving up your schedule for the needs of others, telling the truth when it’s hard and humbling, these are the extraordinary acts of an everyday radical. There are times and seasons where Christ might call us to pluck out an eye (metaphorically!) to pursue his kingdom, but most of life to just keep running the race, day after day, faithfully to the end.
In the movie the Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf says,“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
Horatius Bonar (Scottish preacher) “Holiness is not measured by one great heroic act or mighty martyrdom. It is of small things that a great life is made up.”