Read: Romans 12:1-5
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (v. 1 Message)
Spanning 225 days this year, from January 14 to March 5, and June 10 to November 30, Ordinary Time serves as a robust reminder that Jesus walked, taught, and grew in favor with God and people through regular days, just like ours. A needy, helpless infant at birth, Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered (Heb. 5:8). After the almost-certain bumps and dings of learning to walk, playing with friends, disagreements with siblings, mastering a vocation, and digging deep into his relationship with God, his testing in the wilderness revealed a heart of obedience, worship, and complete trust. His public ministry was filled with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:21-23).
This is the work God and I do together day in, day out. It is a 24-7-365 worship service; I don’t just participate when I’m dressed up, smell nice, and the plate is passed. I yield, I worship; God produces fruit. I offer my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life because this is what God desires: worship from ordinary souls, full of trust and destitute of self-help. God is the one who makes the fruit grow. I am the one who keeps placing the vine into his capable hands. Do you trust God with the entire vine, each moment of your ordinary life? —Amy Clemens
As you pray, consider your life as a grapevine. You don’t know its potential yield, but if you know the gardener, trust him.