Sweeping Streets and Baking Cakes with All Your Might

sweepingI don’t think that God is honored by half-hearted, just-get-by efforts. As I look at Scripture and the character of God, it is clear that He designed us to live full out. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon said, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) All your might. The Apostle Paul made a similar statement in the New Testament. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23) Heartily.

I like the way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. phrased it. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

That’s good!

Specifically what the task is, is far less important than how we do the task. Doing it with all our might is the point.

As I said earlier, the Lord is not honored by a mediocre effort. He redeemed us, in part, so that we could live full out. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, author’s emphasis)

Are you baking a cake today? Do it with passion. Are you driving kids to soccer practice? Make it a memorable trip. Are you working in an office, on an assembly line, or in a store? Do your job full out. By His grace, do it with all your might.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, author’s emphasis)

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