Oswald Chambers once observed, “The things Jesus did were the most menial of everyday tasks, and this is an indication that it takes all of God’s power in me to accomplish even the most common tasks in His way. Can I use a towel as He did? Towels, dishes, sandals, and all the other ordinary things in our lives reveal what we are made of more quickly than anything else. It takes God Almighty Incarnate in us to do the most menial duty as it ought to be done.”
This is kind of shocking when you truly think about it. Typically, when we think about the ministry of Jesus, we tend to focus on him turning water into wine, walking on water and raising Lazarus from the dead. We can’t get past the really big stuff that makes for great inspirational sermon illustrations. In doing so, we tend to neglect things like washing the disciples feet, speaking words of encouragement to oppressed people, blessing the children who were brought to him, and setting an example of consistency in the way he lived day in and day out.
So what are the implications of Chambers observation? I think they’re huge and the Scriptures have much to say about it. Examples can be found in Ecclesiastes 9:10, which states, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,” and then, turning to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul gives this direction: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
For the Spirit-led believer, everything in, and about, our life should point to the love of God that is being manifested through us. Our life should be lived with the consistency and spiritual maturity that Jesus typified in everything he did. And ultimately, we should serve with the same excellence, even in the most menial task, that marked the ministry of Jesus.