March 4, 2010

What Does a Clean Tub Have to do with Your Kingdom Anyway?

Be ye strong therefore and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded. 
II Chronicles 15:7

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to be consistent and energetic in your work on cold, blah days, where the sun doesn't seem to be shining?   No one's around....nothing out of the big pressing deadlines, just ordinary life, at its "best." 

Daily duties seem to be drudgingly boring, and unimportant.   Ever felt like asking, "Seriously, dear Lord, I ask You, how will a swept floor and vacuumed carpet make a difference for Your kingdom?"    Could that be our problem?  Are we trying to equate our ordinary lives with the wonderful, mysterious kingdom of God?  If we are, we'll always be dreaming of bigger, loftier things to do for the Lord.  "Forget the house work that needs to be done...what about starting a Bible Study or Sunday School Class, Father??  Doesn't those sound much better?  After all, it seems that is what You've placed me on this earth for..not cleaning house."  If we are faithful in our ordinary duties, however mundane they may be, He is pleased, and we will receive a reward!  So, get busy, put away that stack of files; make the extra copies for your boss; grab a cup of coffee for a co-worker; straighten up your desk, clean that commode!  (ugh)  :o)  You get the picture.  Just keep chuggin' along, even in the boring, every-day-hum-drum-of-life. 

It also would benefit us to remember our Lord, in His ministry.  He didn't come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  (Matthew 20:28)  The Lord was faithful in His walk---every day, rising well before dawn, always seeking to do His Father's will.   "What wouldst Thou have me to do today, Father?" 

Another "'Ask and Ye shall Receive' Moment:"  (LOL)   :o) 
Here's His answer:
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."   Ecclesisates 9:10  May I encourage you (including myself) to do whatsoever our hands find to do...even if it mean pick up that piece of clothing that someone else forgot to put in the hamper...or put the lid back on the toothpaste, or yes, scrub that tub.  Ugh!  :o) 

"Dear Father, we need You!  We need You to encourage us in the mundane, 'blah-ness' of these days.  Having tasted Your goodness while on the mountaintop, it's rather difficult to be satisfied back on flat ground.  We know You understand...and we're grateful for Your tender mercy and understanding.  Please enable us to focus on the tasks at hand, realizing that when we do THESE with all our hearts, as unto Y-O-U, we please You, and  the cherry-on-top is:  We will be rewarded!  Wow!  Help us not to give up..Give us strength to get through this day..and by the way, Thank You for entrusting us with the work we've been given, even if it seems Not-So-Extraordinary.  May we be faithful, praising You in the "Marvelously Mundane Days" of our lives.  We know with You, everything is a blessing--
so, please TRAIN OUR EYES to look for Your blessings wrapped up in the 'brown-paper-bags' of our ordinary days!   We love You. 
In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen."

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