Work or worship?

Most people would say that work and worship are two different things.

But are they?

There is a Latin saying, “Laborare est orare; orare est laborare.” Translated into English, it reads, “To work is to worship; to worship is to work.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

“To work is to worship; to worship is to work.”

No matter what type of work you do – changing diapers, washing dishes, cleaning houses, waiting tables or meeting with a client – let it be done with an attitude of worship. The Bible says it this way:

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17

 Whatever you do, do it for the Lord. And be thankful.

Later on in the same chapter, Paul repeats himself when he says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Col 3:24.

Why are we to work heartily (or diligently)? Look at the last part of the verse…“for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Let that be our motivation when our days are a series of seemingly menial tasks strung together.

As a side note:  It’s taken me more than one hour to write these very few words. Even as I type I can’t count the times I’ve been interrupted…I’ve cut my son’s wayward toenail, made breakfast, cleaned up some spilled orange juice, made a list for what I need to do for school that starts tomorrow, corrected unkind words between brothers, etc., etc., and with each interruption, I feel myself getting more and more frustrated.

Then I come back and see what I’ve been writing about – and I am convicted. I need to look at those very things not as interruptions, but as worship, because this is the work that God has given me during this season of life.

I hope that these words encourage you and give you a fresh view of ALL work.

Published in: on August 28, 2011 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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An Evening of Worship

Last night our church held an event for women called, “An Evening of Worship”.

It was led by some extremely gifted and godly people. The intent was to glorify God and to give Him the praise and honor He alone so greatly deserves.

The highlight for me was the cardboard testimonies.

Don’t know what they are?

More than 30 ordinary women wrote who they were before Christ on one side of a piece of cardboard. And who they are now in Christ on the other. Or, they wrote about a specific problem that Christ has helped them overcome.

One by one and without saying a word, woman after woman bared her soul to share what the Lord had done in her life.

Woman after woman testified how the Lord had rescued them from the pit of sin, anger, selfishness, the pain of abortion, divorce, cancer, wanting to die, addictions, childhood abuse and other things – many of our own doing.

This was very healing for me…seeing all these women who love the Lord tell their own story of God’s redemption, grace and deliverance.

I’ve never felt closer to God than I do now. No doubt the Lord Himself was in that place last night. What an amazing experience to praise God side by side with so many others. 

This is me before Christ:

And this is me now:

Abandoned, weak and broken, trampled on by the circumstances of life. Yet not without a divine purpose:  to be rescued and restored by Christ alone.

      “…to comfort all who mourn, 
      To console those who mourn in Zion,
      To give them beauty for ashes,
      The oil of joy for mourning,
      The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
      That they may be called trees of righteousness,
      The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:2b-3

Watch the video on cardboard testimonies which inspired this event.

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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