With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. - Ephesians 6:7-8
There is an ongoing debate about what is eternal and what is secular. I believe we are asking the wrong question. Actually, if we do attempt to answer that question, we end up making most of our daily service worthless. The mundane tasks of taking out the garbage, changing diapers, or getting the oil changed are looked down on as less spiritual than going on a mission trip, leading a Bible study, or building a house for the homeless. Those last efforts are labeled “spiritual,” whereas the first group is supposedly “not spiritual.” How sad. How dangerous. How false. Then how does God want us to think about what most of us do with our time?
Serve God and not man. He appreciates everything you do and is glorified in our everyday tasks.
Serve with a good attitude. You are not only serving your boss or working for money.
Serve God, and He will reward you later in heaven.
Knowing what matters to God will elevate the value of every service and motivate us to serve with excellence. We will never again see anything as a menial task that is beneath us. We will not view changing a diaper or washing the car as some necessary task that must get done so we can get to the important, the eternal service. Every act of service becomes significant!
What specific tasks and ways to serve have you looked down on and considered unimportant in the grand scheme of life? Are there any bad attitudes you need to change about these tasks? How has thinking this way impacted your daily service at home or at work?
Stephen Scott Nelson
Atlanta House Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 9:1-18