We live in a world of extremes.
Radical. Fierce. Unstoppable. Amazing. Fearless.
If you’ve been in Westernized Churches for any length of time you have probably heard this term used once or twice. They denote a call to mission, a call to act or a battle cry for a movement in the Kingdom of the Lord. They inspire action and drive to motivate people to do incredible things for God.
But what if God’s call in our lives isn’t radical, fierce, fearless or “amazing”? What if God’s calling us to excellence in the ordinary?
Big movements and exciting buzzwords catch our attention. They bring us to feel we are doing something fantastic that is unthinkable and one-of-a-kind. They fill church seats, fill the coffers, fill our minds with incredible fantasies that are often outside our reach. Often times they put such emphasis on our own doing, they sometimes leave God completely out or at the very least use God as a brand for their momentum.
We can get so caught up in the future of fantasy that we ignore or forget what is Five Feet in front of us.
Am I saying that God doesn’t work in extravagance? Of course not! God has done incredible things through people in pushing His church in the direction He wills it to grow. What I am saying is that every single day, every moment, every person or situation that is Five Feet in front of us is a moment for fierce, radical, unstoppable or amazing ministry.
The store clerk checking us out, the postman who delivers our mail, our children and our spouses are all a part of our calling into excellence. How often do we take our Five Feet for granted while we pursue the future that is thousands of miles away?
Over this last month I’ve been reminded of my Five Feet. Last night as I was getting ready to fall asleep, my wife who was dealing with a cold was shivering in bed next to me. As I snuggled next to her to warm her up it dawned on me. This is my call. It’s not to be known or noticed by thousands of people. It is to minister to those that are Five Feet in front of me. My wife, children, friends and neighbors. Those who I see or talk to every day, they are my radical calling. Sure, some people are called to missionary work, some are called to plant churches in hostile environments, but most are called to be excellent in the ordinary and if we continue to force some monumental movement, we miss those Five Feet in front of us.