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Serving God in the Every Day – Racing to the Altar!

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How do you approach day to day tasks? The laundry has piled up! The dishes are waiting to be washed! Work emails need answering and your boss has scheduled yet another meeting! Do you look at them all with dread or even contempt? Or do you go about them with joy in your heart knowing you are serving God?

Wait…what? You just talked about dishes and business meetings and laundry! Joy?? Serving God??

Yes! Keep reading because all these things are part of your ministry!

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Serving God in the Tabernacle

People often view serving God as something you do at church or leading a Life Group or maybe even blogging. And of course it is.

But your ministry goes well beyond the four walls of the church on Sunday. 

Raising your children is a ministry. Caring for your home is a ministry. Growing your relationship with your spouse and serving each other is a ministry.

In all you do, you are either showing Yeshua (Jesus) and exuding joy and light or not.

Let’s look at the priests who served in the tabernacle as an example.

Leviticus 6:8-11 

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law for the burnt offering: the burnt offering itself shall remain on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it.

The priest is to put on his linen robe, and he shall put on undergarments next to his flesh; and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire reduces the burnt offering on the altar and place them beside the altar.

Then he shall take off his garments and put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.” NASB

So each morning, the priest would clear the ashes from the altar and make room for the day’s new sacrifices. When the ashes would pile up, the priest would then change his clothing and take the ashes outside of the city to dispose of them.

Now, many priestly duties were assigned by casting lots as these tasks were considered a privilege. However, the task of emptying the ashes was not decided by lots.

While this was a menial job on first glance, and definitely not the cleanest I am sure, the Mishnah speaks of the priests who would race each other up the ramp of the altar and the priest who came within four cubits of the altar would win the privilege. 

Apparently this “competition” would get pretty intense and physically attempting to eliminate your competition was not unheard of.

The lesson here is that the most menial of tasks in the Tabernacle was not despised or deemed too “lowly” for them. To the contrary, the priests coveted this as not just a chore but a service to Adonai.

Do we live our lives the same way? How do we treat those “not so glamorous” tasks?

Do we see all that we do as unto the Lord or do we view it as ‘beneath’ us?

Do we feel less than others because we don’t have what we view as the more important role in ministry at our place of worship? Or do we serve for the Lord?



 

Serve the Lord With Gladness

Do you approach your housework or your tasks at work as though you are serving Him or is it just something you murmur and complain your way through?

I admit, I fall WAY short in this area many times! I can be a really good murmurer when it comes to doing my housework! I will do it…in fact many people would tell you that I get VERY stressed if things are cluttered or out of place…but I won’t do it happily and that is the WRONG attitude to have.

How can I expect God to use me in ministry if I can’t get the victory over dirty dishes?

How can I expect God to GROW my ministry if every time I am promoted I complain about the added work?

Are we racing up the ramp to serve Him in every area of our lives or do we see things as too menial for us?  Do we serve the Lord with gladness in those smallest and most menial of chores?

Do we look for opportunities to do those ministries at our places of worship that maybe not a lot of people are knocking the doors down to volunteer in? It is ALL in service to Him. 

Serving God with gladness regardless of the task is a witness to those around you, including your children! Let them see you giving praise to God that you GET to serve Him in all things.

Working for God – Ways to Be Joyful When Serving God in Our Daily Work

So how do you keep your heart turned toward God when doing dishes, changing the oil in your car, making your bed, dealing with your boss?


 

How to Serve God With Joy

  1. Listen to Praise & Worship Music – Turn on some awesome music and sing your heart out! I love listening to music while I cook or while I am working. When you sing along with this music it is hard to not feel joyful! Imagine the joy of serving God with praise in your heart and on your lips!
  2. PrayPray while you are cooking or cleaning or waiting for a client at work. Stop and thank the Lord that you have a job! Thank Him that you have a home to clean! Thank Him that you have a car to wash! Count it all joy and let Him know how much you love Him and appreciate Him! Serving God with joy begins with really understanding how everything you do can be for Him and by praying as you do them, you just hone in on that mindset.
  3. Listen to an Audio Bible – If you are able to, play an audio Bible and listen to the Word while you work. Filling your heart with His Word will give you encouragement! Serving God while His Word is being poured into your spirit is just an amazing thing.
  4. Find a Great Podcast to Listen To – There are some great podcasts you can listen to by amazing Christian women. I will share some with you! Some I have not yet listened to but are from fellow bloggers! Two I particularly love is my friend Misty Hinckley Phillip’s podcast “By His Grace Podcast” as well as my friend Debbie Kitterman’s “Dare 2 Hear Podcast
    Grace Over 40
    Abounding in Hope Talks With Tricia
    Wife on a Mission Podcast
    Kairos Moments
    Dwelling Together
    Radiant Pearl Living
    Dressed For Battle
  5. Memorize Scripture – Repeating Bible verses to yourself to commit to memory is a great way to focus on Him while you do various tasks. Pick one or two verses each day and, as you do chores or tasks for work you can recite them either out loud or silently! Hiding God’s Word in your heart is a great way to go about serving God in all things! Joshua 1:8 says:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. ESV

 


 

Bible Verses About Serving God

Romans 12:1

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” ESV

Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” ESV

Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,” NASB

Ephesians 6:7

“With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,” NASB

Matthew 23:11

“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.” NASB

Philippians 2:1-11

Therefore, if you have any encouragement for me from your being in union with the Messiah, any comfort flowing from love, any fellowship with me in the Spirit, or any compassion and sympathy, then complete my joy by having a common purpose and a common love, by being one in heart and mind.

Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves — look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own.

Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua:

Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force.

On the contrary, he emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave

by becoming like human beings are. And when he appeared as a human being, he humbled himself still more by becoming obedient even to death —death on a stake as a criminal!

Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai —to the glory of God the Father. CJB

Psalm 100:1-2

Shout for joy to Adonai, all the earth!

Serve Adonai with gladness.

Enter his presence with joyful songs. CJB

Luke 22:27

For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. ESV

Hebrews 13:16

But don’t forget doing good and sharing with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. CJB

John 13:14

Now if I, the Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet. CJB

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17 thoughts on “Serving God in the Every Day – Racing to the Altar!”

  1. Worship music keeps my heart turned toward God throughout the day whether I’m in the kitchen cooking, at my desk writing or even working out. I put together a great Rona aka Coronavirus playlist that ministers to my soul. It’s filled with songs like; God Is My Refuge (Fred Hammond), In Christ Alone (Travis Cottrelle) Graves Into Gardens (Elevation Worship), New Name Written Down In Glory (Charity Gayle), etc. It’s playing softly in the background as I write this comment. Worship music is everything!

    1. What a great list!! My husband calls it “The Rona” as well! I have not yet heard Graves into Gardens because I have been listening primarily Messianic music these days because I get closer in worship through it and…Passover LOL But I will have a listen!!

  2. Thanks for the podcast recommendations and for your faithful presence here.
    I’m grateful for a husband who has always honored and appreciated my contribution as the “keeper at home.” I think it would have been more challenging without that affirmation close by.

  3. Thank you for these verses about serving God with joyfulness, Diane! I can’t wait till we can get back to church, but that’s not to say that we can’t serve God right where we are today. We can! And we should! Thanks for these thoughts!

    Pinned.

    Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  4. Diane – Were you listening in on my grumbling. I tell you the dishwasher seems to be running non-stop these days. Thank you for your wisdom here in this post. I do think a little adjustment in my attitude will help. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Link-Up. Maree

  5. All of life, everything we do is a form of worship, isn’t it! But there are definitely tasks I don’t always think of that way! Thanks for reminding us that we are to do everything as unto the Lord. Easter blessings!

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