Have you ever stood at the sink, or knelt on the floor, or sat at your desk and thought to yourself This has to be the fiftieth time I have done this chore in the last week? Do you ever feel as if you are doing such boring and mundane tasks? That the work you are doing is insignificant and driving you up the wall with monotony?

I must say, I have.

Some days are not defeating-our-enemy-days, or winning-souls-for-Christ days, or even fellowshipping-with-other-Christians days. Some days are just chopping-onion days, mopping-floor days, tidying-the-flat days and going-to-bed-early days.

Don't think that we can only serve God when we are in the pulpit or on the mission field. God is glorified in us even when we are doing 'little' jobs. Serving Him behind the scenes matters too; some of the bigger things can't be accomplished without the doing of the smaller things. Our God is the God who sees (Gen. 16:13). He knows how well you do your jobs, He sees you do the thankless tasks again and again and again. He sees the work you do.

But on the flip side, this means He also hears you moan inwardly about the irritation of repeating dull tasks, He hears you wish someone else would do the boring work while you did the exciting work, He hears you complain to a friend about the life you live. Keep in mind the verse "Do all things without complaining and disputing" Phil. 2:14.

Instead of sighing away the boring days, try to make the most of them, and see them as opportunities to be faithful to the Lord. The Bible encourages us, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ " (Col. 3:23,24). We are serving Him and must do so gladly, without always wishing it was more exciting.

So the next time you catch yourself rolling your eyes at another pile of dishes, or another list of emails to write, consider who you serve and how He sees all that we do.

Elspeth McLachlan

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the encouragement, Elspeth!


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