My friend, may I ask you a question? When is the genius of our labor in God’s mission fields revealed as awesome and exciting? When viewed together with the work that God accomplishes through that labor, could that be the difference?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Recently I drove down one of those city streets that had been narrowed to one lane due to construction. As I coasted to a stop prodded by the sign man standing in the street I noticed two men standing next to an excavator shoveling gravel into a hole. As the traffic on the other end of the lane slowly passed by I watched the steady cadence of the shovelers. First one dug in and then the next, perfectly timed so as to avoid striking the pile at the same time. It became a symphonic gravel moment as I watched the gravel fly. It struck me though how mundane and ordinary their work really was. It was just pushing and pitching; nothing more. There was thrill to it, no real excitement I thought, as I watched the sign man wave me on through. As I slowly made my pass by the hole, giving the site one last glance I noticed what was in the hole, large gas mains leading to a brand new, several story adjacent building. Without the simpleness of what was being done, I thought, the building would ultimately have little use or meaning in and of itself.
The brand new building without the gas lines and those shovelers was not the genius of the situation nor were the shovelers without the new building. The genius is only revealed when both are viewed together. It’s no different when you and I in our simple way uninspiring labor work in God’s mission fields.
Oswald Chambers writes. “There is nothing thrilling about a labouring (sic) man’s work, but it is the labouring (sic) man who makes the conceptions of the genius possible; and it is the labouring (sic) saint who makes the conceptions of his Master possible. You labour (sic) at prayer and results happen all the time from His standpoint. What an astonishment it will be to find, when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.’” (My Utmost For His Highest, October 17.)
John 14:12 states. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Our simple works are like those two guys with the shovels. On the surface it may look pretty uninspiring. Your table prayer with someone without a worship background coupled with God’s finger touching their heart is utterly awesome. When you simply speak the name of Jesus in context with a blessing received in a room of coworkers often intimidated to the point of masking their own faith is something God makes into spiritual dynamite. You plus God’s Holy Spirit equals an astonishing and beautiful work of spiritual art. So, keep your simple shoveling rhythm. God will use you and me to glorify himself. That is truly awesome indeed.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us menial work that becomes truly awesome when there is value added to the work, Jesus Christ. Our jobs may not be the most glamorous when it comes to do the mission work you call us to do, but we know you will make them awesome with your presence. Forgive us Lord when we fail to see this value added. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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