A Redemptive Awareness

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth . . . And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:2, 17

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As humans, created in the image of God, everything we do has a spiritual dimension, but without Jesus, our lives lack the redemptive quality necessary to transform the world around us. However, life with Jesus means everything we do has a Kingdom dimension that brings liberation, redemption, salvation, and transformation. No act is too small, insignificant, or menial that God can’t use it for His Glory.

While life experiences are nuanced with different expressions of meaning, all things are pregnant with meaning. Therefore, eating tater tot casserole around the dinner table with family and friends is no less spiritual than receiving communion, if done as unto the Lord. Dancing barefoot in the living room can be just as worshipful as kneeling before the cross because we delight in the diverse physicality of human expression. Planting seeds in the garden is as beneficial as sowing seeds of instruction in a Sunday School classroom for both activities result in a harvest of blessings. Reading the Bible as a spiritual exercise is equal to developing a healthy lifestyle of rest. Reducing, reusing and recycling can be as redemptive as reworking an old hymn for contemporary worship, because they both point to the nature of God in making all things new again. As Kingdom dwellers, EVERYTHING we do should be done as unto the Lord—eating, sleeping, playing, working, singing, Facebooking, driving, shopping, accessorizing . . . EVERYTHING (I can’t stress it enough!). Insignificant acts take on great significance when God is in the midst.

Jesus didn’t come just to redeem people, He came to redeem lives, every part. This is the Gospel, the Good News, meant to be lived out every day, and God’s glory is maximized when we live out of this redemptive awareness. Are you living from a place of redemptive awareness? What are some things you can do today to live more this way?

God, through Jesus Christ you came to redeem the world and you invite me to be a part of that process. With everything I am and everything I do, I welcome you into the activities of my life, and I pray for the kind of awareness that acknowledges your presence in it all. Help me to see that everything I do, great or small, can bring You glory and change the world around me. Make me mindful of your redemptive hand at work in all creation, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. I pray this to you, Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ and through the power of your Holy Spirit, Amen.

Amanda Oster

So long as Amanda can remember she felt called to formal ministry (except for a short time in childhood when she wanted to be a country singer like Dolly Parton).  While the details of what “ministry” might be weren’t always clear, she continued to pursue the path of ministry, and over the years, God providentially defined and refined her calling to be a communicator of God’s Word, primarily through preaching and teaching. One of her greatest passions is to help motivate and encourage others to seek God more deeply and to reflect on what relationship with Him really looks like. Amanda shares her life and her home with her husband, Joe, their two children Sophia and Isaiah, and their old dog Moses in North Dakota.  While she loves talking books, fashion, movies, and home décor, she is just as comfortable talking about creation care, church organizational models, third-party politics, and rapture theories.  Amanda is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Missional Leadership, and you can follow her at http://AmandaOsterMinistries.com.

So long as Amanda can remember she felt called to formal ministry (except for a short time in childhood when she wanted to be a country singer like Dolly Parton). While the details of what “ministry” might be weren’t always clear, she continued to pursue the path of ministry, and over the years, God providentially defined and refined her calling to be a communicator of God’s Word, primarily through preaching and teaching. One of her greatest passions is to help motivate and encourage others to seek God more deeply and to reflect on what relationship with Him really looks like.
Amanda shares her life and her home with her husband, Joe, their two children Sophia and Isaiah, and their old dog Moses in North Dakota. While she loves talking books, fashion, movies, and home décor, she is just as comfortable talking about creation care, church organizational models, third-party politics, and rapture theories. Amanda is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Missional Leadership, and you can follow her at http://AmandaOsterMinistries.com.

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