At the Intersection of Spiritual and Secular

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23, 24 ESV)

Some things seems more spiritual than others.

Going to church seems more spiritual than going to work. Giving money to the poor seems more spiritual than paying your bills.

I was a college student working as a waiter to pay my way through school. It seemed like two very different worlds in competition with one another for my time, energy, and loyalty – Bible College vs Cracker Barrel.

I saw my job as a means to an end. It only served to help me do what I was REALLY called to do.

Until that one day, when I was inwardly complaining about a particularly frustrating customer, and Jesus spoke to (inwardly prompted) me and said: “Serve your customers as if you were serving Me.

I replied: “Well, that would be easier if they acted more like You.”

It was as if Jesus laughed with me and then said: “No, seriously.”

That’s the day I changed my mind about spiritual vs. secular. Jesus taught me that the most practical chores, duties, responsibilities, and disciplines – when done unto The Lord and with a right attitude – are profoundly spiritual and have eternal implications.

What would happen if you began to see the mundane as an opportunity for the miraculous?

Father,
Please open my eyes to the significance of simply being faithful in the little things.
Amen.

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