Mondays are frequently dreaded, especially by those facing the prospect of another day on a job less that desirable. My Mondays are eagerly anticipated because for me, it is another day of “retirement.” Mondays are no less busy but certainly more self-directed and filled with activities of my choosing, not necessarily dictated by a professional agenda. So, my morning scripture writing really was an eye-opener as I thought about women returning to their jobs (or perhaps just clocking out from their night shift), moms trying to juggle everything for the last minute mad dash or the stay a home mom facing another week of chores and to-do’s that never seem to all get completed.
Colossians 3:22 – 25 states, “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.”
We easily get bogged down in daily tasks and routines, whether on the job or in our everyday tasks at home, sometimes feeling like a slave to them. While Paul indeed addressed those who were literally slaves to a physical master we often lose sight and feel trapped as slaves to our jobs, children, homes, possessions . . . Our scriptural truth should liberate us from that mindset.
Everything, every task, every chore, every action should be an honored service to God, Jesus Christ himself. Each dish washed is Christ’s plate, every pile of laundry – for His broken, bruised and naked body. Every diaper changed for a precious infant lying in a feed trough surrounded by animals. Each sip of water for a thirsty child in the middle of the night, a comfort to the dying Savior on the cross. On and on, our daily actions should be a celebration that honors us to serve our Lord Jesus. For Jesus himself reminded us that, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Look for the face, hands, eyes and feet of Jesus at every turn today. No matter the task let us embrace it as if it were just for Him. Cleaning the toilets? Yes, even this. Dealing with a hostile customer? Yes, as if for him. Even cleaning up after the 3rd student developed a stomach virus in class?! Yes, even this.
In God’s Merciful and Abundant Grace,
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 ESV