How do we work in a way that brings glory to God? How does our work bring glory to God? Does our work focus the glory on God, or on ourselves?
After I wrote the first part of this article, I shared it with my husband to get his advice and thoughts. While he liked it, he also wanted more. What exactly do I mean by working for the glory of God? What does that look like on a day-to-day basis? How can I relate working for the glory of God to others? I don’t want my words to be empty sayings — words and phrases that sound good and Christian but aren’t very clear. I’ve pondered his questions for many nights and this is my attempt to answer them.
A Two-Fold Purpose
Our purpose as Christians is twofold: we are called to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Ultimately, unless we personally know God, we will find it extremely difficult to glorify or enjoy Him. We mistake our belongings and lives for our own, but from our cars to our homes to our very breath, all is God’s.
This is more easily recognized in the face of disaster, when it becomes obvious that we are not in control. Once we realize this, we also realize that any work we accomplish in our life is meaningless unless done to the glory and honor of God. Only then will we enjoy our work and watch it come to fruition.
The sermon at our recent homeschool graduation ceremony talked about the silence of the Bible on the majority of Jesus’s life. We don’t know much about the years between His birth and the start of His ministry. During that silent time, Jesus fulfilled the duty of His father by working as a simple carpenter. Instead of a lofty politician or renowned doctor, He labored day after day in His earthly father’s workshop.
Without idealizing or necessitating humble occupations, I hold that our work should be according to the talents the Lord has given us, and that instead of accomplishing our own ends, it should further the edification of all toward God.
I was raised in a wealthy suburban area and attended prestigious schools. At times I feel like a failure. What do I have to show for all of the time, energy, and finances invested in those choice schools? I’m a stay-at-home mom who writes, reads, and experiments in the kitchen. I play outside with my children and care for our animals. Shouldn’t I contribute more to the world, proclaim my importance in some way?
And then I see — this was the Lord’s calling for me.
So That He is Great
I am lowly so that the world might consider Him great. God challenges me, day-in and day-out, in difficult and heart-wrenching ways so that I learn to exhibit patience when all I want to do is snap and yell.
He teaches me to give of myself when I want to give to myself.
He shows me how to nurture, train, and admonish the children with which He has filled my home; how to love and help my husband when I don’t feel like it; how to humbly admit my failings; and how to give unreservedly to others.
Because of His leading, I tip-toe into the room of my children every night and thank the Lord for another day to be their mother. And wife to their father, my husband. I stand in amazement at the great blessings God has bestowed upon me — greater than anything fame or fortune could have offered. He enables me to pray in repentance and thankfulness at night instead of counting down the days to my next vacation. (Of course, I still love a quite beach respite.)
He grants me morning after new morning in which to strive to do better, by His renewal and grace.
Through this journey, I have come to realize that the beauty and enjoyment of life is found by seeking to glorify God. By dying unto self and living unto Christ through cloudy or shine, we find true joy.
When living this way, our homesteads will reveal the truth of our everlasting Foundation and our work will bear much more than physical, edible fruit. Our fruit will be that which will never perish!
What everlasting fruit do you hope to bear through homesteading?
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