Grace in Drudgery

Updated: Feb 20

First Steps with Dr. Jason Brooks

"Arise, shine..." Isaiah 60:1

"When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us - He will not. But once we arise, immediately we find He is there." (Oswald Chambers)

If I'm honest, sometimes I don't want to do the mundane things of life. I love Jesus deeply and I want every moment of my life to be for His glory. It's hard for me to see sometimes how responding to emails, fixing reports, answering the same question over and over and over again, brings glory to my Father. I know life is short and I want to make the most of every moment I'm gifted to spend on this earth. I often feel stuck...trapped...going through the motions.

"Drudgery is one of the finest tests to determine the genuineness of our character. Drudgery is work that is far removed from anything we think of as ideal work. It is the utterly hard, menial, tiresome, and dirty work. And when we experience it, our spirituality is instantly tested and we will know whether or not we are spiritually genuine." (Oswald Chambers)

God often puts us in situations where we experience drudgery to test our character. To know if we have the willingness to set aside our desires for His purpose in the moment. When we're able to take our thoughts off ourselves...our wants...our desires...our dreams, and instead be fully present in the moment and striving to praise Him even as our hands are firmly on the plow, we are tested for our obedience and willingness to do whatever is placed in our hands.

"The inspiration of God is required if drudgery is to shine with the light of God upon it. In some cases the way a person does a task makes that work sanctified and holy forever. It may be a very common everyday task, but after we have seen it done, it becomes different. When the Lord does something through us, He always transforms it. our Lord takes our human flesh and transforms it, and now every believer's body has become "the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor 6:19)." (Oswald Chambers)

As tough as it can be sometimes, God's glory can shine even through the most mundane of situations. I have a good friend who said "If your heart isn't in it, take yourself out of it". Good advice, but I would also say if God is calling you to it, keep your heart in Him and He will give you grace through the drudgery.

Live. Lead. Love!

Dr. Jason

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