Theme of the Week: Faith and Work
Bible Verse: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
I couldn’t believe it.
I had always thought that some work (preaching, pastoring, and missions) mattered to God, and other work was just work to pay the bills.
One day I read the story of a monk named Brother Lawrence, a cook in a monastery. He believed that we could live all of life in God’s presence and for God’s glory. He wrote:
“I turn my little omelet in the pan for the love of God … When I can do nothing else, it is enough to have picked up a straw for the love of God.”
Brother Lawrence went on to explain that most of us try different ways to learn to love God. “Is it not a shorter and more direct way to do everything for the love of God, to make use of all the tasks one’s lot in life demands to show him that love, and to maintain his presence within by the communion of our heart with his? There is nothing complicated about it. One has only to turn to it honestly and simply.”1
That little phrase — “I turn my little omelet in the pan for the love of God” — has stuck with me. In God’s eyes, pastors and missionaries can serve and glorify him, but so can accountants, school teachers, bus drivers, assembly line workers, and cooks. All work can be done for God’s glory. All work matters. We can even pick up a straw or flip an omelet for the glory of God.
1 Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, trans. E. M. Blaiklock (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982) p. 85.
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