What common task could I start doing as if I were doing it directly for Jesus?
I read this question in The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and it really stuck out to me because truthfully, there are many things that come to mind concerning that question.
Most of us are familiar with the verse, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23).
But let me ask you, have you ever tried applying this to your life? Be honest with yourself.
You can’t think of many good examples, can you? Believe me, a lot of us can’t.
Below is an excerpt from this book, thoughts on living a life of worship.
“Worship is not a part of your life; it is your life. Worship is not just for church services. We are told to ‘worship him continually’ and to ‘praise him from sunrise to sunset.’ In the Bible people praised God at work, at home, in battle, in jail, and even in bed! Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. David said, ‘I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise him.’
Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God…
This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship- doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus. The Message paraphrase says, ‘Take your everyday, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life- and place it before God as an offering.’ Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence.”
God wants us to work with praise and cheerfulness, as if our everyday living is meant for Him and Him only. Which it should be. When we start to replace our laziness, our bad attitudes, and our grumbling with an eager desire to be in His presence and worship Him with our lives, our outlook and perspective on work and everyday activities will drastically change. Instead of working for money, instead of working for personal satisfaction, instead of working for other peoples’ satisfactions, we need to work for God.
This is something I definitely need to work on and with the power of Christ, I know I’ll be able to find an answer to these questions soon. I need to trade in my life for His and just trust. Trust that our lives of worship are never in vain. We experience our greatest satisfaction when we are fulfilling our purpose of worshiping and loving God with our lives. Worship is not a part of our lives, it is our life.