Taking the Initiative Against Drudgery

February 19th, 2013 by Dave Leave a reply »

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. Whenever God gives us His inspiration, suddenly taking the initiative becomes a moral issue— a matter of obedience. Then we must act to be obedient and not continue to lie down doing nothing. If we will arise and shine, drudgery will be divinely transformed.

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. Read John 13. In this chapter, we see the Incarnate God performing the greatest example of drudgery— washing fishermen’s feet. He then says to them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). 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”

Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord, Thank you for this day and the workshop that you showed up for us in last weekend. I haven’t liked “drudgery” type of activities … But I can see that if I allow it and look for it, that you can be in all things, no matter how small and mundane seeming and when I recognize it, you will transform those things into something greater, more exciting … even an adventure.
If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek me with a whole heart… life can indeed become an adventure. And you wont categorize things as drudgery or mundane. But rather just like following the breadcrumbs in an adventure … staying curious to see where I lead.


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