Monday, June 8, 2015

The Majestic in the Mundane

As a writer, it's a strange sensation to have phrases and words come to you. They pop into your mind like a gentle bubble, perfect and complete, floating in your creative space until they land on the page, forming a lovely cadence of thought or poetic construction of story. Sometimes these phrases or words have nowhere to land, and so they remain as a wandering bubble until they float into place later, maybe hours, days or week. The temptation is to take phrase and squish it into a piece of writing where it was never meant to fit, bursting the fragile bubble and causing it to lose its perfect, lustrous form.

When I was asked to write a short script for the upcoming Love SV Week at church, I knew I had finally found the perfect place for a phrase that I had been hanging on to for over five years - the majestic in the mundane.

Love SV is about serving the local communities. It's about being more than just words. After all, Jesus came to serve humanity. He came, not as someone asking to be revered and hidden away behind palace walls. Jesus came to be the bridge between the divine and the mortal, the way for us to access God's presence, for us to know God and be known by Him.

He served people. He healed wounds. He loved and touched and connected with people. He gave up heaven for me and you. He traded the wonders and glory belonging to him for the pain and disappointment of humanity's failings.

Divinity for dust, heaven for humanity, and kingship for crucifixion, He became the majestic in the mundane. And all for what? All for love, and all for us.

Writing this script, I felt entirely inadequate. Who was I to write about the enormity of Jesus' love for us? I felt a heavy responsibility to portray the paradox of Jesus' mission, that He really was the king on his knees, washing his disciples' feet even though they would betray him, deny him and doubt him. I felt the pressure of motivating people, not through guilt or manipulation, but through the revelation that Jesus was the Savior who became a servant, who came to us. God reached out to humanity with redemption and a rescue plan.

And for that, I am eternally grateful.

And so, I found the perfect place for this gentle yet powerful phrase, the majestic in the mundane. Finally, it had found its fit, and my hope and prayer is that the words in this video stir something in you to serve and love as Jesus did.

Props to our genius media team who were able to create something moving and powerful from a few humble words I gave them.

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Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. He washed the feet of Thomas, Peter, and Judas. He washed their feet knowing that they would doubt, deny and even betray him. 

Regardless, he washed their feet and healed their wounds, choosing to serve rather than being served. He was the majestic in the mundane, the king on his knees, the savior who became a servant.

I was hungry, and you fed me
I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink
I was homeless, and you gave me a room
I was shivering, and you gave me clothes
I was sick, and you stopped to visit
I was in prison, and you came to me

I’m telling the solemn truth...whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to Me.

To love is to serve. So that’s what we’ll do.

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