…from Oswald Chambers. I like him, can you tell? This excerpt is from February 19 in My Utmost for His Highest.
If we will arise and shine, drudgery becomes divinely transfigured. Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is. Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal- the utterly mean grubby things; and when we come in contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually real.
Read John 13. We see the Incarnate God doing the most desperate piece of drudgery, washing fishermen’s feet, and He says- “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lord does a thing through us, He always transfigures it…
I have seen people do ordinary things with great joy and flair. I don’t think I ever associated it with being spiritually real. May Jesus give you joy today, whether you are serving Him by chopping vegetables, washing toilets, sweeping up sawdust, grading papers, or running cash registers. Let’s have fun doing our work. 🙂 It all counts.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecc. 9:10
That sounds just a tad morbid, but I sometimes need to be reminded that I only get one shot at this. Do you have any secrets for learning to enjoy “drudgery”?