Yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time in my local park hunting for, and clearing up, dog mess.
I don’t have a dog, and I don’t usually use this park, but yesterday I cleared up the grass so our church could run a community event free from unpleasant squelches.
In short, I cleared up dog mess in the name of the Lord.
My husband, meanwhile, was up to his elbows in builder’s clay, squidging through every ounce to ensure there were no hidden nasties. He emerged a triumphant swamp-monster having endured filth in the name of the Lord.
Whether we’re preaching, teaching, serving, listening, cleaning or squidging about in unpleasant mess, we should “do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col 3 v 17)
In our daily lives, it’s often hard to see how our work impacts on God’s plan. The mundane household tasks that never end, and those little things no-one even realises get “done” (unless you stop doing them!).
Elisabeth Elliot – a missionary with an incredible story (and whose experience not just overshadows, but completely obliterates the very worst of any hardship I have faced) said:
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
Whatever tasks you are faced with this week, whether monumental or mundane, remember Elisabeth’s words. Write them out – stick them on the fridge – and the desk – and in your bag. And do all you do in the name of the Lord.