There is this pure joy of being used by God; and it is not only in the so called ‘spiritual tasks.’
Two things show that God can be worshiped and served by any task provided it does not go against God’s holiness and His Word.
- It is Jesus Christ who holds all things together. The whole of creation though marred by sin and awaiting the redemption which is already at work, is being preserved and run by God. So God can choose any one for any task that is essential for the running of His creation. We need to see the structures of authority and governance as being ultimately headed by God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords. God is at the top and He is rectifying severely damaged systems. He is at the top and His kingdom is coming in full measure even though the kingdom of darkness and sin oppose Him. And a time will come when the rebellion and sin that is so pervasive in this world and every walk of life will be contained within hell forever in God’s judgment.
- Jesus Christ is the Lord of our life. That is to say all of our life. And, it is not ‘what’ we are doing but ‘how’ we are doing that makes the difference. When we go about our tasks grumbling then we are doing just that – grumbling around. On the other hand when we go about our tasks worshiping God then we are worshiping Him in all things. That is to say that when we do anything, be it as ordinary a task as cooking food or cleaning up a place, when we do it for Jesus Christ it becomes just that – serving God. On the contrary while God may make use of the work that is done by a person claiming to serve God in a very ‘spiritual task’ like preaching; but, if the person’s attitude is not right then that service would not be counted as such.
So what we need primarily is not a different set of tasks but a different approach to do the very things that we are supposed to do. Furthermore, this attitude should result in excellence because we are doing them for God. Let our eyes be opened to see beyond our supervisors or masters or even our co-workers so that we may actually see our true Master. And yes, it is possible to offer those tasks that we may think to have no relation to God as acts of worship and service in our love for God.
Praise be to God who receives our simplest and humblest of acts when we offer them to God in love and devotion. May He continue to help us glorify Him in all things.