This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is to be done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness. (Elisabeth Elliot)
Albert Anker paintings always hold my attention — and when I think of this Elizabeth Elliot quote, the scene of Anker’s 19th century tailor immersed in his rather un-glorious work comes to mind. This village tailor cares for the minute detail, not too proud to serve in this smallest of ways. His hands tackle his task for the thousandth time, yet his posture of intent care dignifies his redundant act.
Today you may change a thousandth diaper, type a thousandth memo, research a thousandth point of minutia, or shed Christ’s love upon a thousandth needy soul. No human may ever know or applaud or even acknowledge your job, but your Father in heaven knows.
In the job given to you to do this day, make an offering to God. See your task as His gift to you, as a moment by moment place of privilege, given that you’d learn glad faithfulness to your God.
For here, in the job given you today, not somewhere else, you will learn God’s way.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”