Cleaning the House
I am NOT one of those people who enjoys cleaning my house. I like having a clean and orderly home, but I can get really grumpy about doing the work to get it there. As any parent of younger children knows, cleaning is a process that is greatly complicated/frustrated by their presence. Some incredibly astute individual once said, “Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.” I wholeheartedly agree with this illustration!
It’s easy to fall into a habit of thinking that only the “super-spiritual” tasks I do for God (such as serving at church, writing devotionals, counseling women, or speaking on a stage) will bring him glory. Contrary to my thoughts, the New Testament tells us that God is pleased when our worship is practical and authentic. The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
In Romans, he says, “Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
The above verses remind me that EVERY activity I do can be done for God's pleasure if I do it with an attitude of praise. It doesn't matter whether I'm scrubbing the sink, mopping the floors, folding laundry, OR standing on a stage teaching God's Word, it's ALL for God's glory- Hallelujah!
Do you find yourself feeling like some of your daily tasks are mundane and unimportant in God’s kingdom? Have you considered that God doesn’t view them this way?
Pray: Father, help me to embrace with joy those humble, mundane, and necessary tasks that make up my life in this season of my life. Transform them into an act of worship. May they bring praise, glory, and pleasure to you, O God!
Jennifer Greene is passionate about inspiring and empowering believers through the study and application of God's Word. She and her husband Jordan have two daughters and have been members of The River since 2012. One of the many hats she currently wears is that of Discipleship & Assimilation Intern here at the River. You can find out more about her at www.jennifergreene.org.