Have you ever been folding a t-shirt and wondered how many times you’ve washed and folded it? Cleaning a plate or a pot and wondered how many times you will wash it? Much work is repetitive and menial, but even these small chores can be done for God.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (Colossians 3:17).
“Thank you, Lord, for this t-shirt. I folded it in Your Name.”
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men (Colossians 3:23).
Teaching these students for God. Balancing the checkbook for Jesus. Moving the lawn for the Lord.
He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty (Proverbs 28:19).
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues vain things lacks sense (Proverbs 12:11).
What vain things am I pursuing? We all need rest, but do I spend too much time watching TV, playing app games? Am I disconnecting from the important people in my life too much with headphones of music or my nose stuck in a book?
Are you “making the most of your time” as we’re directed in Ephesians? Are we “numbering the days” so we can “present You a heart of wisdom?”
Reading through the Proverbs you’ll practically trip over scriptures to do with either the diligent, hard, wise worker or the opposite, the sluggard, slothful, lazy fool.
These verses are not to berate us. We are not to beat ourselves up for our failures. No. And they are absolutely not a measure we should apply to others and point fingers. No. This is written to encourage us, to show us better paths, to live purposeful lives not only filled but fulfilled.
I don’t want to just be busy when I could be diligent, resolute, and working toward higher things. Not only doing what is good but doing what is actually best for this time, this place, these people in my life. Falls are inevitable, but my God lifts me up to help me go forward again. He shows me that all work, if done for Him, holds value. So I can vacuum the floor, shop for groceries, and fill the gas tank for greater things.