In the Matter of Drudgery

Get A Move On

Get A Move On

In the Matter of Drudgery

You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. “Add” means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus…took a towel,…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”

There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.

It is the “adding” that is difficult. We say we do not expect God to carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we did! The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.


I cuddle up next to the man I love as my favourite voice reads the words above. My heart drinks up each word. Drudgery, adding, diligence,  common stuff, character, routine, no thrill. These things are, oh, so familiar. We know them too well, this wonderful man and I. We want to do something great, we want to accomplish things in the kingdom. But each day we are faced with the common round, the trivial task. There seems to be no illumination, no thrill. We pray, we question, we tell each other we just can’t give up. We ponder whether we are in preparation or if there’s some flaw that we cannot see that is keeping us from the vision. And then we read this:

“Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus…took a towel,…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.””

My soul cries, “Help me to be faithful in washing feet, Lord! If this is what you are calling me to, help me to see it as such and to remember that “Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration.” Help me to be happy with routine and to “learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.” Help me to be the “common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God”.

“If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.”

What power! How marvellous! I could ponder this for days and it still would be so wonderful to me! God wants to use me in the common round. He wants me to do the things I’m doing! He doesn’t see my tasks as trivial and unimportant! He has me right here for a reason, and that is to live by His power in the everyday moments! He has a purpose for me, right here, right now! He isn’t waiting for me to be in a different, “more important” spot to use me.

I am ashamed for being discontent. I see now that God has me here for a reason and I assumed that I wasn’t accomplishing anything and my life right now didn’t have much ‘weight’ in His eyes. But the opposite is true, when I live in obedience and I diligently add to my character, I am doing all God wants me to do. He wants me to be content, right here, showing others by my life, the power of His grace.

Learning to live fully in the present,

Yesenia

 

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