From Jerry Sittser and his book ‘The Will of God as a Way of Life:

The Apostle Paul made the Christian faith applicable to people in all walks of life. He demonstrated that believers could live for God right where they were.

  • He exhorted slaves to take their discipleship seriously: “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for you masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.”4
  • He charged Titus to teach the faithful in his church to live for Christ in the familiar setting of everyday life: “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle and to show every courtesy to everyone. . . . And let people learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.”5
  • He dignified common labor when he wrote: “Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.”6

The apostle used a simple formula to sum up his approach to the will of God: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”7

We face our greatest challenges not when God requires us to live heroically and sacrificially but when he calls us to be faithful in our daily routines. Living with routine can easily lull us into complacency. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, an eighteenth century Jesuit spiritual writer, advised that the secret of a spiritual life is surrendering to God in the ordinariness of the present moment. We must have eyes of faith and a heart of love to comprehend the significance of routine.

The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams but you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love. The more a soul loves, the more it longs, the more it hopes, the more it finds. The will of God is manifest in each moment, an immense ocean which the heart only fathoms in so far as it overflows with Faith, trust and love.8

There is nothing more ordinary than routine work. God has created us to work—to plant soybeans, to teach math to fourth-graders or to cook spaghetti. Daily labor has dignity and accomplishes good, if it is done to the glory of God and for the welfare of humanity. God gives us muscles and hands, creativity and brains so that we could write novels, play jazz, calculate a sum, and paint a house. We will do the will of God when we work for his divine purpose in the world. The Jewish expression Tikkum Olam—“Fix the World” points out the divine purpose of work. God has made us his junior partners in helping us to make the world better. ~ Jerry Sittser, The Will of God as a Way of Life (Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 USA, Zondervan, 2000, 2004) p.88-89

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