“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” — Joshua 22:5, NIV
As I was making and praying through my to-do list for the week, I noticed that some of the items I jotted down were mundane in nature and that the number of things I needed to accomplish was absolutely insane! Yet, that is typical for most of us. We all have tasks we don’t particularly enjoy doing and more things to do than time will allow! When we focus on all we have to do, we can easily become overwhelmed and disheartened. The key in avoiding those negative, energy-depleting feelings is to focus not on what we have to do, but on the ones we are serving and on the God whose glory we are ultimately striving for in the first place.
God created time and equipped us each with special gifts to be used for his glory and for the benefit of those around us. He provides us everything we need to do the work he has called us to do. He expects us to work hard, rest from our labors, and serve others sacrificially, not simply when it is convenient. He gave us Jesus, God in human flesh, as a model of servanthood and the Holy Spirit to supply us with the power, wisdom, love, and grace we need each day to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
As you make your own to-do list today or this week, ask God for wisdom to know not only what you need to do, but also how to balance everything you need to accomplish. Ask him for the grace and patience to work diligently, not so you can check everything off your list, but rather to show the world what a great God you serve. Let your achievements be for his glory, not your own.
Above all, from the mundane tasks to the insane amount of work you face this week, surrender each and every task to God. Know that he is in control. Trust him to accomplish through you the things that truly matter. At all times stay focused on him, thanking him for the strength to do what he has called you to do and giving him the glory for all he allows you to accomplish. As you go about your work, remain sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to the needs of those around you. It is easy to become so wrapped up in all we have to do that we forget there are people around us who need to see the light and love of Christ reflected in our lives. Serve willingly, not because you have to but to honor the One who first loved and served us.
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