A dear fellow servant and an educator reminded me today to offer our work as our worship to God.
It was raining cats and dogs when the classes were suspended today in upland Cavite. My new textmate was NDRRMC.
With the gloomy bed weather, this thought came to mind: our work is a way to worship God. It has intrinsic value and can demonstrate God’s character when we do good work. Faith and work are to be seamless. Work is an expression of our life in Christ. Separating the two is like separating “being” from “doing.” How do you know who you are being without considering what you are doing?”
Worship and work should never become two different things. We worship when we work and we work when we worship, especially when our work is derived from God.
Moreover, this very insightful sharing from Work Life online inspiration prodded me to ponder deeper.
In his book Holy Sweat 2, Tim Hansel tells the story of some body builders on a television talk show. They were showing off their muscles when the host asked, “What do you use these muscles for?” One man answered by flexing his muscles in one of those body-building poses.
“No, you don’t understand me,” said the host. “What do you use these muscles for?”
The body builder answered, “I’ll show you,” and flexed again, posing another way.
“No, no, you still don’t understand what I’m asking. What do you use them for?” and the guy posed again.
Many of us are like that. We attend church, go to seminars, conferences and Bible studies and keep building our spiritual muscles, but we do not use them for the reason for which they were created. We end up like the body builders, with well-defined muscles for show, just to look good, but they are good for nothing.
Jesus said, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32). When we participate and experience this truth, we make it our life story.
As Hansel puts it, “Your theology should become your biography.”
We learn to mesh our beliefs into everyday reality. Although it sounds simple, it actually is one of life’s greatest challenges.
We seldom understand that God is not just asking us to be spiritually committed to him. He wants our total commitment; every fiber of our being.
We use every dimension of our being when we work, so we worship him as we work.
As Christians we find our basic identity in Christ but seldom consider what this means.
We are more inclined to dwell on what we do and who we are – the urgent and the superficial.
Our identity in Christ is once and for all established when we put our faith in him, yet many of us don’t consciously dwell on this profound reality.
We simply go about living our lives, rather than thinking about our significance in Christ, thus blinding us from knowing who we truly are.
We develop this sense of identity and security in Christ as we spend time with him in prayer, offer our conscious praise to him and give him credit for all we are and have.
The more of his Word, the Bible, we put into our lives, the more aware we become that he is our prime motivator.
When we simply take God at his word, we find he is utterly trustworthy and creates opportunities for his Spirit to be manifested in our lives and work.