“I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:11-13, NET).
We love to quote that verse when faced with a grueling task, like leaving everything to become a missionary in Iraq or standing in front of hundreds to preach the gospel message.
But what about times of mundane poverty? Perhaps God wants you to love your coworker by giving up your coveted lunch hour and listening without judgment to her screechy voice.
Or serve the customer with a smile, even though he spits unjustified criticism at you.
Or continue to honor and respect your boss when he takes credit for the work you’ve done?
We don’t find spiritual meaning in the great moments or in monster spiritual victories. We find meaning in the everyday. Often, this means embracing the task at hand, doing it as to the Lord even though that task feels like busywork that your crazy manager deemed more important than your project. It means loving your neighbor as yourself even though that neighbor is the patient yelling at you because the doctor is late.
God calls us to serve him in all things. Nothing is insignificant in the kingdom of God. Jesus gives us strength to honor God in the most mundane tasks.
And that is God’s secret to contentment.
This article was reprinted with permission from TheHighCalling.org, an online Christian magazine about God and work.