And whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Today, my work included: weeding, transplanting, and sowing; harvesting, washing, and prepping; meals, vacuuming, and laundry; homeschooling, a sewing project, and making sun tea. There were a few other odds-and-ends sprinkled in there, too.
It’s a busy day, but not an unusual day. Like most people, I find my days are always full. There is always lots to do, and always more to do.
Many times, we think to ourselves, “I need to make sure I carve out some devotional time. I need to make sure I put that first, before I start my day, so that I won’t neglect it.”
And that’s a good thought! But you know what’s even better? Even cooler? Because God is always more gracious than we deserve? Realizing that after we carve out that devotional time, and after we put it right at the start of our day, we can just carry it along with us all day long!
Our sanctification did not depend upon changing our works. Instead, it depended on doing that for God’s sake which we commonly do for our own…The most excellent method he had found for going to God was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men but purely for the love of God.
Project Gutenberg’s The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence. Third Conversation. https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5657/pg5657.html
Because we all have work to do. And one of the common misconceptions of our Christian lives is that work time is separate from devotional time. Because God is gracious, it doesn’t have to be. Work time and devotional time can be one-and-the same, and they should be!
Often, we think that our works as a Christian are this certain sub-set of things that we think of as spiritual. Things like attending church, or volunteering, or studying the Bible. But those are only a few of our works – and the truth is that if we love the Lord, then all of our works should become Christian works!
When we take some one thing that we are doing and, instead of doing it for ourselves or to pay the bills or because we have to, we do that exact same thing in the name of the Lord Jesus and for the love of God, it changes everything!
We are no longer doing our work now, reserving some future time for worship. Rather, we are worshipping while we work. We are worshipping through our work. By God’s grace, we have the opportunity to offer Him whatever small work we are doing, whatever we happen to be doing in word or in deed, and because we offer it in the name of the Lord Jesus and out of love for God, our offering is acceptable in His sight!
Can you imagine, the God of all the universe is as pleased with our offering when we mop a floor in His name as when we study our Bible or volunteer our time or share the gospel? Because…
…the truth is, being a Christian isn’t actually about doing certain things…Being a Christian is about doing all things for a Certain Person! (Col. 3:23)Tweet
Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men…
Today, we work on the farm. But not because we are farmers. Because we are Christians. Tomorrow, we might work in the forest. But not because we are foresters. Because we are Christians. Someday, I might work in an office again. But not because I am an office worker. Because I am a Christian!
For the rest of my life, all of my work, whatever it may be, is from the Lord and for the Lord. I needn’t change my works because I’m a Christian, though some of my works will certainly change as I seek the Lord’s will. I need only set about doing each-and-every-work for the sake of God, giving thanks to God, in the name of Jesus, as though working directly for God when I used to be working for men.
Do you find yourself making a distinction between the regular work that you do in a day and your devotional time? Well, thankfully, God makes no such distinction! By God’s grace, every single thing we do, we can simply do for His sake instead of our own. By God’s grace, we may turn our entire day, and our entire lives, into a continuous series of acts of worship – and then we will always have time for what matters most!
by Sydney Michalski
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