Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.... It is the Lord Christ whom you serve (Colossians 3:17–24).
It’s the beginning of the new year, and it’s tempting to think that only our big plans for this year matter. Jeanne Harrison reminds us that every action of each day is meaningful if done to the glory of God:
The truth is sometimes I really love “whatever I’m doing,” and sometimes I really hate it. Isn’t that life in every season? There are parts we relish, parts we tolerate, and parts we despise. Parts that make us laugh and parts that make us cry and parts that make the veins in our forehead pop out. And yet through all of it, God urges, “Whatever you do...do it in MY name! Do it for MY glory! Do it to serve Me.” Verses 23–24 actually go on to promise that we will receive a reward when we work with our whole hearts as unto the Lord.
Do you realize what that means? It means there is value in the most menial corners of our lives. It means we have purpose, always. We have the opportunity to worship, always. I meditated on these verses all day long, as I scrubbed dishes and cleaned countertops. I thought about Jesus as I checked homework and brushed hair and swept floors and packed lunch boxes. And right around the time I was pulling that little lint trap out of the dryer, I felt it. Overwhelming gratitude....
In my stale little laundry room, I felt the staggering weight of God’s generosity—that He would allow me to be part of His story, that He would redeem the most insignificant moments of my day, that He would stoop down to take a gift out of my dirty hands.
Standing in my laundry room, I realized that I serve a God so generous that He’s willing to make ordinary moments sacred.
Read the rest of her post, and take heart! We have purpose, always.
(HT: Tim Challies)