How is your job going for you lately? I was just talking to a sister the other day about the lamentable fact that so many individuals hold a strong aversion for their occupations. Far too often, work is experienced as a depressing burden.
Sadly, this is simply a fulfillment of the heavy consequences of sin God announced when our race exited Eden: “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life” (Gen. 3:17, NIV). Painful toil. When our employment feels like distressing drudgery, we are living under Adam’s curse.
The beautiful news is, Jesus became a curse to set us free from the wages of humanity’s sin: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree’ (Gal. 3:13, NIV). Guess what… this provision includes the curse of painful toil! Because of His sacrifice, we don’t have to live that way anymore. He shed His precious blood to break the power of every curse.
When we come to Jesus, we find rest for our souls. When we unite ourselves to Him, His strength becomes our own. When we develop a lifestyle of intimacy with Him, we can cease from painful toil. The delight of our love relationship with Him will invade every inch of our inner space and our daily routines.
When we take His yoke upon us and learn from Him, even heavy lifting will become restful. When we are full of His Holy Spirit, even cleaning toilets will become a profoundly joyful activity. His manifest presence transforms the most mundane responsibilites into beautiful opportunities to partner with Him.
Jesus wants to turn our daily duties into a delight!
Have you experienced the delight of partnering with Jesus in mundane responsibilities?