“Keep reminding God in our times of private prayer that we mean every act for His glory; then supplement those times by a thousand thought-prayers as we go about the job of living. Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.” – A.W. Tozer.
Sunday is an important day. It is a day of prayer. It is a day of praise and worship. It is a day the Word of God is shared. It is a day to seek the Lord. Sunday is an important day, but we get it wrong when we leave God out of our mundane day-to-day lives the rest of the week.
In The Pursuit of God, A. W Tozer notes that we are living divided lives: we count all of our spiritual practices as “sacred,” and we think of the rest of our ordinary, daily tasks as “secular”—a waste of our time. This leaves us trying to “walk the tightrope between two kingdoms” and “finding no peace in either.”
Yes, we all long for God’s joy in my daily life. We long for His peace in trials. We long for love and kindness to flow through us. We long to see “God moments” and miracles beyond our own abilities. There are always messes to clean up, bills to pay, emails to answer, needs to be met, phone calls to make, laundry to be done, and lawns to be mowed. Do we include God in mundane tasks like laundry or lawn mowing? Most people probably reason that God’s involvement in our lives should involve more than laundry.
Jesus was fully God and fully human. He spent time learning carpentry the family trade. He traveled with His family. He talked with His friends. He participated in all the mundane moments in life. Similarly, we shouldn’t consider our daily tasks separate from our relationship with God. We must stop confining God to our quiet time and instead focus and refocus our attention on Him throughout the day. God’s presence is with us always, even as we do the laundry or mow the lawn.
We must remember that the good life isn’t from God; it’s with God, on Sunday and every other day and in every circumstance. It’s God’s presence that transforms our days. It’s God’s presence that transforms our lives. So, how can we apply this truth to our lives and find meaning in our day-to-day activities? Remember that God has you where you are for a reason. The simplest moments are an opportunity to experience His presence.
If you feel stuck in a mundane routine, ask God to give you the eyes to see the purpose behind your life. While these things may not be easily seen now, trust that God has a greater plan for us than anything we could imagine.
No matter what position we hold, what duties fill our days, in everything, we can mirror the character of God because life is not the mountain tops; it is walking between.
- It’s easy to see God moving in mountaintop moments, but how often are you feeling and seeking His presence in the mundane?
- The incredible thing about God is that He is always active, engaged, and present, even when miracles aren’t currently being worked. Agree or disagree and why?