It was really quite simple. A young woman had a baby in a stable. No fanfare… no medical staff… no machines… no flowers or balloons or cards. No welcome home sign… no baby shower. A few people showed up… along with some animals. It was really quite simple.
It was really quite simple. One star shown brightly in the sky. God spoke to the hearts of a few to follow. There in the manger lay one small child. It was dark, yet the star led the way. One simple star. It was really quite simple… or was it?
That simple event was not so simple… it was really quite sacred. It changed the world… for eternity. Suddenly, lives that seemed simple became sacred… all because of the baby that lay in the manger on that simple night.
So much of our days are filled with simple, secular tasks. We plod through life performing mundane activities. How much of the sacred miracle of that one simple night do we allow into our lives?
Charles Spurgeon said, “To a man who lives unto God nothing is secular, everything is sacred. He puts on his workday garment and it is a vestment to him. He sits down to his meal and it is a sacrament.”
I’ve been reflecting as to how much of my day is a secular quest to get things done and how much I allow Christ to be a part of. Spurgeon’s words resonated deeply for me. If I’m living “unto God” then everything should be sacred. So, that means the laundry that needs folding, the dishes that need washed, the furniture that needs dusting, the meals that need to be fixed, the leaves that need to be raked… these are sacred events if done unto God.
How much more joy would be present if the sacred absorbed the secular? Why not use this season to readjust our priorities, so that when “the season” is over and we go back to the mundane tasks of the new year, we have allowed the sacred to completely absorb the secular. It’s really quite simple.