It’s easy in today’s day and age to look around and see chaos. Families are in turmoil, cities are devastated by social problems that seem unfixable, and sometimes it’s hard to see God’s sovereignty through it all. It’s hard to see his sovereignty in a government set on aborting babies and creating new “truth”. It’s hard to see his sovereignty in mass shootings around the nation. It’s hard to see his sovereignty when things seem to be so “un-influenced” by Him.

As we read Luke 2, Joseph and Mary are right in the middle of God’s sovereignty, while also right in the middle of a secular event. You see, God used a seemingly secular event, the census, to bring Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem to fulfill a prophecy from Micah that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem.

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to see “Christian” things as being under God’s sovereignty, but it’s often hard for me to see “Secular” things the same. It’s almost as if we think that the secular needs to be willingly under God’s authority for his sovereignty to prevail; as if it could trump God’s purpose.

How would embracing God’s sovereignty over your family, workplace, neighborhood, government, and friends look? How does God’s sovereignty change the way you view work? If God isn’t sovereign over your work, then it’s simply something you do to earn money to pay bills and buy things. But, if your work is a divinely appointed place, full of divinely selected people, with a kingdom oriented purpose, we might approach it a bit differently.

God is interested and working in every moment of every day. He doesn’t just show up at Sunday service. He doesn’t just show up in Sunday School. He doesn’t just show up at small group gatherings. He is intricately weaving the fabric of lives together for a kingdom purpose. Don’t miss out on what He is doing by discarding things as “Non-Kingdom” or “Secular”.

He shows up in the lunch room at work. He shows up in the factory assembly line. He shows up in the office cubicle. He shows up in the farmer’s field. He shows up at the family dinner table. He shows up at your kid’s baseball game. He shows up everywhere!

Look at every moment as an opportunity to reflect God’s image to a world that so desperately needs Him. After all, the greatest act of love wasn’t done in a temple, it was done on a cross for all to see.