A friend sent us this cd, and on it is the song, Make Me Wise. I've been singing it all day...
"Make me wise, make me wise
Let me see through this world's lies...
There are so many paths to follow
And I don't want to compromise...
Make me wise, make me wise
So I'm pleasing in Your sight...
Lord, I want to bring You glory
So I'm asking You to make me wise..."
The last three weeks have been WONDERFUL. And I am exhausted. Two weeks of work travel with The Engineer and oldest two, followed by a week of Spring Break that included Mama and my sister visiting, along with other commitments we'd made...I am pooped.
And I find myself hungering and thirsting for alone time with my Savior. With three crazy weeks came crazy schedules. And time in His Word suffered most.
I was working through my CBS lesson and came across this:
The Lord's Supper also reminds us that God has sanctified all of life. One of our highest acts of spiritual worship (partaking of Communion) is expressed by common physical acts - eating and drinking. There is no division between the sacred and the secular, the physical and the spiritual. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will recieve an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." -Col 3:23-24
There is "no division" between the "sacred" and the "secular!?"
Do all things with all my heart like I'm working for the Lord and not for men.
All things? Like, scrubbing the shower? And folding the laundry?
Like...these seemingly meaningless things I do, we do, day in and day out...
Making lunches and sweeping floors and hours waiting in the dentist's office...reminding them again and again and again to say "please" and "thank you" and "yes ma'am and no ma'am."
These things, these COMMON things can be done to the glory of God!!! Yes! Yes! (And I know this. Why don't I LIVE it?!)
We are talking about the very things I do day in and day out. The things no one notices until I don't do them and then there are cries of dissatisfaction - the very things, the things I -yikes, like to feel bitter about - because I want the thanks and praise of man. Those things can be done to the glory of God.
I read on...
"true greatness is expressed in a life of service (Phil. 2:5-8)....However, the Lord goes on to speak of the necessity for continued moment-by-moment cleansing from the sin that spiritually defiles us even after our initial salvation experience. (John 13:10). And then on to Galations 5:16,25 - "Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature....Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
And I remember reading Stepping Heavenward. Once in high school and again last summer, and I remember Katherine finding herself utterly frustrated over the demands of motherhood and the lack of time she had to spend in scripture and how in the throes of life with children, she felt she needed that time most and then it dawned on her...
These days are where it counts. This, THIS is where I practice what I preach, what I claim, what I have for so long in the past feasted upon. This is where the rubber meets the road.
This is when it counts. Now. When no one is looking and it isn't always fun and thanks are not offered as often as my flesh would like.
And these often thankless, seemingly mundane and meaningless tasks can be done in a spirit, with a heart, that brings God glory and honor.
How precious to be reminded that God has sanctified all of life. That there is no division between the sacred and the secular, the physical and the spiritual.
Because today, there is a lot to do. Tomorrow there is more. And I am tired. And time is scarce. And though this is nothing new, I struggle to remember that God is glorified in the seemingly mundane and that He sees and knows all. How precious that He redeems fallen, sinful, self-loving people (me).