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Worship While You Work

“Oh no, it’s Monday!” Is that what you say when the weekend is over, and it’s time to start the weekly grind? We’ve probably all approached a new week like this.

In our hustle and bustle society, it is easy to view our lives in terms of compartments. We have our home life, our work or school life, our church life, and our private life. When work stops then our real life begins. As Christ-followers we have an opportunity to approach life differently. Rather than segmentation, we integrate our relationship with Jesus. Every area becomes a sphere of worship.

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Such consuming love cannot be packed away until quitting time. It cannot be saved and dusted off for the Sunday morning church service.

Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk in the 1600s who developed the ability to worship in the midst of demanding work. He was a man who had aspired an office in religious leadership but was overlooked and assigned to kitchen duty. He discovered how to live in the presence of God while engaged in the cooking and cleaning for the monastery residents, and being subject to the bidding of his superiors. Brother Lawrence understood that there is no division between sacred and secular.

He said, “[I]t seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”

As odd as it may seem, peeling potatoes and washing dishes were activities for worship, to bask in the love of God.

A modern day hero of the faith experienced the presence of God in the depths of prison. Pastor Shi Weihan, a house church leader in China, was imprisoned for three years for printing Bibles. During his time of confinement, he was encouraged by the Holy Spirit and made his cell a place of worship.

We aren’t locked up in prison. However, we all face difficult situations. As temples of the Holy Spirit, we have Him with us everywhere we go and whatever we do. Through Him we can “do the will of God will all [our] heart” (Ephesians 6:6b). Our work becomes worship, as we “[work] for the Lord rather than for people” (Ephesians 6:7b).

A radical revolution occurs when we determine to honor Jesus in every area of our lives. When we seek to worship while we work, we will enjoy Mondays and every day of the week.

Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes it is easy to lose sight of You. Help me to see You in the mundane and tedious tasks, as well as in the unpleasant challenges. Remind me that You are always with me, so that I may experience Your presence throughout each and every day. Teach me to worship at work, at home, and in every sphere of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.