“Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.” – Brother Lawrence
I came across this quote while preparing a Sunday School lesson and it really caused me to stop and think.
Is it enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God?
Okay, I don’t exactly have an abundance of straw lying around. But I sure do have a lot of Legos. I have a ton of laundry to do and more than a few dishes to wash. Beds to make, floors to clean, groceries to shop for. Your list might include things like chores to do, school to attend, homework to get done. Life is full of the mundane and the tedious.
And, as tough girls, we get the chance to do it all for the love of God.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23
It’s easy to work for Jesus when we’re volunteering, singing on the worship team, teaching Sunday School, or telling someone about Him. It gets a little bit trickier when it’s something secular, something we don’t want to do, or something that feels pointless.
But, don’t you see? That’s the amazing thing about working for Jesus! When we do all that we do for the love of God, there’s no such thing as secular – it’s all holy, divine, and special! There’s no such thing as something we don’t want to do – we’re submissive to and trusting of the perfect will and plan of God! There’s nothing pointless – it’s all for Him!
Working for Jesus is an all day, every day, every moment of every day thing. It’s an honor that we way too often take for granted. As much as we deny it, we put our “work for Jesus” heart in a box labeled “when I’m at church” or “when I feel like it” or “when other people will be able to see me.”
But it all matters. It all matters.
Is it enough for you to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God?
Do you want it to be?
Question: When is it easiest for you to “work” for Jesus? When is it hardest? How can you incorporate more of a Jesus focus in the way you live your every day life?