“He slipped into our world through the back roads and outlying districts of one of the least important places on earth and has allowed his program for human history to unfold ever so slowly through the centuries.
He lived for thirty years among socially insignificant members of a negligible nation—though one with a rich tradition of divine covenant and interaction. He grew up in the home of the carpenter for the little Middle-Eastern village of Nazareth. After his father, Joseph, died, he became ‘the man of the house’ and helped his mother raise the rest of the family. He was an ordinary workman: a ‘blue-collar’ worker.
He did all this to be with us, to be one of us, …The obviously well kept secret of the “ordinary” is that it is made to be a receptacle of the divine, a place where the life of God flows.
– Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy, from Chapter 1.
It’s almost like God really wanted to do this thing…be born a human and become a part of our history. Imagine! This whole thing – God becoming human – was God’s idea. It was a creative “conspiracy” as Willard would say, to draw us in and to help us see God on our own terms. Jesus lived in this world and lived life. This makes life sacred and it makes life something that is approved by God. The ordinariness of our days is not so ordinary then. If Jesus experienced the day to day routines of tiny Nazareth we can live out our routine with the awareness that it is sacred and even the most menial task can be a conduit of Divine Grace.