A few years ago, Grace and I were taking communion and explaining the whole process to Andrew, who was 5 years old at the time. We’d just finished reading “The Message For Kids” (a great children’s Bible) from cover to cover so he was curious about the whole process.
As we stood there as a family, I explained how the piece of bread reminded us about Jesus’ body on the cross. He was listening and nodding and I was cruising toward victory. At least, I was until I picked up the cup of juice and explained how it reminded us of Jesus’ blood. He solemnly nodded and raised the cup to his lips. But then he paused and lowered it back down. Looking me square in the eye, he said as seriously as could be… “Dad. This doesn’t help me at all. Just eating and drinking normal stuff doesn’t make me think about Jesus.”
The amazing thing about our God is this… He is the God of “normal things.”
We don’t have any crazy hoops to leap through to worship. We don’t have any complex rituals. We don’t have confusing processes.
What we have is this… A God who lets us worship Him with just “normal stuff.”
This month, as we’re starting to read through the New Testament together, be thankful for the “normal things.” Don’t let your worship – your reading – become a ritual. Don’t go through a bunch of empty motions.
Grab a hold of normal, ordinary, everyday “stuff” and see God right in the middle of it all!