Have you ever found yourself doing something that looks like drudgery? Have you worked at a task that seemed like it was just eating up your time?
I can. There are times when the kids have made a mess of the house and the dishes need to be done. There are times when I am stocking bananas at Trader Joe’s and I think, “I have a college degree! I can fly airplanes! What am I doing stocking bananas?!?!?!” There are times when weeds need to be pulled, the grass needs to be mowed, diapers need to be changed, and you know the rest.
But, this is not the attitude of Christ! In John 13, he performed a huge act of service by washing the dirty, dusty feet of his closest friends! He then goes on the say, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (vv. 14-15)
I was reading through My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers and he comments on this chapter in John.
Drudgery is one of the finest tests to determine the genuineness of our character. Drudgery is work that is far removed from anything we think of as ideal work. It is the utterly hard, menial, tiresome, and dirty work…In some cases the way a person does a task makes that work sanctified and holy forever. It may be a very common everyday task, but after we have seen it done, it becomes different. When the Lord does something through us, He always transforms it.
I love what Paul says in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Whatever I do…
Whenever I start to complain or to wallow in self-pity, I remind myself that I can meet God in this menial task and He can transform it. It may be stocking (and restocking apples because they always fall) but I am going to stock as best I can. It may be washing dishes but I am going to use that time to think of Scripture or pray.
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”
I will choose to arise out of the drudgery of life, for Christ’s light has come! Let us transform our days as we do every task with all our heart, joy, and thanksgiving!!!