How does the gospel shape our attitude and approach to everyday life?
In a society where we compartmentalize our lives, it can sometimes be difficult to see the link between our Sunday worship and the Monday morning grind or Friday evening out. We tend to classify what we do as sacred or secular. We make distinction between holy space and secular space. We tend to view some daily activities as sacred, holy, and godly while others as impure, worst, and corrupt activities.
Our relationship with Jesus should impact how we live and serve in our daily lives. Our love for God should make us relate the Holy to the everyday. As Christians, we need to do everything, including the inconsequential daily ordinary tasks in a way that they point us to Jesus.
Paul in his letter to Corinthians urges them to weave God into every part of their lives, even into eating and drinking (1 Cor 10:31). Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
In his small book, The Everyday Gospel: A theology of washing the dishes, Tim Chester notes that sanctification does not involve changing what we do, but in doing our normal activities for God’s sake. It is good for us if we learn that God is worshipped in everything we do, regardless of the day we do it or the place. In our offices, we worship God as we carry out our day to day schedules and responsibilities. In travelling even when in traffic jam, we worship God. In the kitchen, cooking and washing the dishes at the sink, we worship God.
We should not be eagerly waiting for Sunday to worship God in church. We need to cultivate worship in all we do all day long in the daily ordinary activities. Tim Chester challenges his readers to ensure they worship God even in their washing of dishes, an activity that all of us face 2 or 3 times a day. Washing dishes represents many countless ordinary activities we do each day and we need to worship God in them.
Tim Chester quotes from Brother Lawrence’s Chronicle The Practice of the Presence of God who says, “I am more united to God in my everyday activities than in my formal devotions. There is no special technique for going to God, just a heart determined to apply itself to nothing but God. ”
Brother Lawrence concludes by advising that it will be hard at first doing everything for God, but it can become a habit. He says, “The more we do everything for God, the more we will find delight in doing everything for him.”
May God help us to do everything for Him.
About Kenneth Irungu
Ken is an Apprentice with iServe Africa serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship Kawangware, Nairobi.
He is Passionate of Gospel service and Faithful Bible Teaching.