Sometimes the weird stuff is the best stuff.
Our universe is strange. Light is really waves and photons, and matter is really atoms and molecules, and time and space are relative, and we could go on and on. (We haven’t even mentioned quantum mechanics.) C.S. Lewis pointed out that, “Real things are not simple. They look simple, but they are not. The table I am sitting at looks simple, but ask a scientist what it is really made of – all about the atoms and how the light waves rebound from them and hit my eye and what they do to the optic nerve and what it does to my brain – and, of course, what we call ‘seeing a table’ lands you in mysteries and complications you can hardly get to the end of.” So it is with your life and Eternity.
The Bible says, “His [God’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 3:10) In other words, your life and mine are like inspirational movies that supernatural beings are watching to learn about God. That’s mind-blowing. Staggering. Trippy. It’s also true. As believers, our lives are about much more than mundane survival. We are testimonies (Rev 12:11). We are poems (Eph 2:10). We are trophies of His grace (Eph 2:4-7). Every choice to love and obey God is like the most moving song you’ve ever heard, haunting the heavens with the beauty of faith. When you bless your enemies, the angels gape. When you forgive sins, it echoes in the throne room of God. When you serve in the simplest ways because you have learned from Jesus that the last will be first, the greatest minds in the universe sit up and take notice. We live “for the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:12) because creatures beyond our ability to perceive are watching us and learning about God. Wow! That makes your Tuesday a little more significant than you might guess, and it makes your choices today more far-reaching and fruitful than your wildest imagination. So let me invite you to cast off the lie that your life is too small to matter and embrace the truth is that you are center-stage in God’s grand story of love and hope and redemption, and when you get to the end (which is really the beginning) and see who was watching your every prayer, you will be glad you followed Jesus. Think it through, and I’ll see you on Sunday. Be true!