Monday, February 22, 2016

Isaiah 60:1 (NIV): Our Menial Tasks Shine with God’s Love

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

The following excerpt is from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, one of the most influential Christian daily devotional books ever published:
Drudgery is work that is far removed from anything we think of as ideal work. It is the utterly hard, menial, tiresome, and dirty work. And when we experience it, our spirituality is instantly tested and we will know whether or not we are spiritually genuine. Read John 13. In this chapter, we see the Incarnate God performing the greatest example of drudgery— washing fishermen’s feet. He then says to them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). The inspiration of God is required if drudgery is to shine with the light of God upon it. In some cases the way a person does a task makes that work sanctified and holy forever. It may be a very common everyday task, but after we have seen it done, it becomes different. When the Lord does something through us, He always transforms it.
Chambers suggest that our everyday menial tasks become glowing reflections of God’s love when we do them in faith. Yes, every paper we grade, every meeting we attend, every email we write, every lesson we plan and teach, and every child we support all count. When we do these everyday tasks with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we and those we serve are changed and our daily “drudgery” becomes God’s transformative work. As we begin a new week, let us allow the Holy Spirit to work through our everyday tasks, allowing the loving light of Christ to shine.
May you all be blessed and encouraged in the love and peace of Christ.