My mother-in-law (whom I absolutely love!) is coming down for the weekend. So today I got up, tutored for two hours and then began a cleaning frenzy. It’s approximately 2000 degrees out today and we don’t have air conditioning in our house, so it isn’t the most glamorous job to be scrubbing the shower. As I was cleaning, I started to wonder when my husband would call and I immediately thought of what I would say- something about how hot it was, how gross I felt, how I was working so hard … But I stopped. That wasn’t what I was feeling! I was surprised because typically, those would be my thoughts and I’d be grumbling as I worked. What was happening? Why was I so at peace?
I felt something very clearly come to my mind- God had given me a beautiful home and the least I could do to show my gratitude was take care of it. I own a home! What an amazing blessing! God calls us to be good stewards of what He gives us and the reason I felt peace was simply because I was following His will.
That isn’t to say that following His will is always easy. I have been discovering that I’m a rather selfish person and being a servant is not at all my gifting. At one point, I even justified to myself that I was a Mary, not a Martha and just look at what Jesus said in that situation:
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
But I realized I was taking this out of context. Jesus was not justifying my lazy attitude, He was simply saying there is a time and a place for everything. At that time, Mary was doing what was important: spending time with Him.
I can pray that God would cultivate a servant’s heart in me, but in the meantime, it is my job to do what I know is right: great work, whether that means washing dishes or teaching Sunday school- may I do it as unto God and not unto men.