Whatever You Do

Doing the dishes

Colossians 3:17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Every act can be sacred, washing dishes can be worship.  Cleaning the floors can be done in praise and glory to our God.  Playing bubbles with our kids, drawing with sidewalk chalk.  Doing laundry.

We can invite God into everything that we do throughout our day.

It can be easy to compartmentalize our lives sometimes.  This is my exercise time, this is my “God” time, this is my time with my family, this is my church time, this is my work time.

God wants us to see every moment of our days as “God time.”  He is with us always- and wants us to be seeking Him in everything we do.  We can give glory to Him in all that we do.

It can be hard to invite God into our home.  Many times, that is the place where we relax- let our true selves out.  Stop hiding behind good intentions and a facade of what we think we “should be” and- just be.

We rationalize the habits that we have formed, even if we know that the things we do are not honoring to God.  Before my husband and I had children, I never really thought about how God would feel about what I was doing during those moments when no one else could see. I did even consider that He was watching-most of the time I didn’t even acknowledge His presence.

I just did what I wanted to do with my time and tried to enjoy myself.  Suddenly, when my hubby and I had our children- I started thinking – how I spend my time truly shows what I value- and I am not sure I want my children to think that the things that I spend my time doing are the things they should value.

The hypocrisy of my own life became apparent.  I didn’t want my children to value and spend their time doing the very things that I had spent all my time doing. It was humbling to admit that I was living without recognizing my own spiritual bankruptsy- that I hadn’t plunged fully into Christianity.

I stuck my feet in- I liked feeling good and I loved the traditions of the church- but I had not felt the absolute desperation and hunger for God’s guidance.   Nor repulsion toward the sin in my life and a desperate desire to rid myself of it.  To be free.

I now feel the longing to be close- but am so humbled and awed by God at the same time.  There is a reverence I feel now that I have never experienced before.  Genuine trepidation in God’s presence.  I feel so many things with Him.  Love, peace, joy- so different- more full and complete than I ever have.

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As I recognized that how I spend my time matters, God started to transform my life.

Are you hungry for God?  Do you long to change, are you bothered by habits you have, you wish you could be free?  Bad relationships, overeating, depression, money problems- God can free us- but we must recognize our need and seek Him.

Our days can become full of continuous worship.  We can free ourselves from the entanglements of unsatisfying sin.  Habitual trappings that keep us stuck in a cycle of self-loathing and shame.

God offers us freedom- when we seek Him He gives us the strength to say NO.  God gives me all I need.  In Him I am finding peace.  Despite my circumstances, I am going to claim the truth of God in my life.  He frees me to love, to serve, to hope- no matter what may come.

You may be like me and say, “I can’t do that.” You are right, without God we can’t.  And there will be days when we feel like we fail- we don’t seek God like we should- our sinfulness seems to overpower us and we get discouraged.

Keep fighting- keep seeking Him.

Fight the good fight- He will be faithful.

1 Peter 4:11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

“Paul’s exhortation to “do all to the glory of God” is more than pious idealism. It is an integral part of the sacred revelation and is to be accepted as the very Word of Truth. It opens before us the possibility of making every act of our lives contribute to the glory of God. Lest we should be too timid to include everything, Paul mentions specifically eating and drinking. This humble privilege we share with the beasts that perish. If these lowly animal acts can be so performed as to honor God, then it becomes difficult to conceive of one that cannot.”  A.W. Tozer  The Pursuit of God

Are you willing to begin to let God into all areas of your life?  To open yourself up to His leading and correction concerning how you spend your time and what that says about what your true priorities are in this life?

What would you change if you knew God was watching?  Lose the view of Him as judge for a moment and see Him as one who knows there is a better way for you- and grieves that you are continuing to seek “gratification or escape in the moment” rather than abiding peace and contentment that He longs to give you always.

Lord, we glorify your Name for the gift of your Son.  That you came to us in our sinful state and freed us from the bondage of sin and death.  Convict us of those things that are keeping us from a deeper walk with you- ignite a burning desire in us to know you. May other things fail to satisfy- churn us up- make us discontented in our comfortable lives- that we may seek you.  Thank you God for your patience and faithfulness to us- even when we fail to see how richly we are blessed in you- and the countless treasures that are within our grasp if only we would reach out for you. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.