Welcome to Doctor's Life Support, daily Bible readings for busy doctors...
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NIV.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV.
The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'. Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
A pop song of half a century ago had the intriguing title, `It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it'. In other words, our motives are more important than the things we do. What is the force driving us? For Paul it was the love of Christ. It is true we works for the national Health Service, our chief and the patients, but for the Christian `It is the Lord Christ you are serving'. This new orientation does a number of things. It makes our job come alive, so that even the most drab of chores are meaningful. A sense of purpose comes to each day as we live it and give it to him, and we discover that we do our work with the sense of being in the presence of God. It means that our hospital life is just as much spiritual service as what we call our `Christian work'. The division into the secular and the spiritual is artificial.
The little booklet, The Practice of the Presence of God, deals with this idea and how it worked out in the life of a godly monk who served the monastery by overseeing the kitchen. Brother Lawrence found he could serve God here by living and working in his presence at all times. We find him worshipping more in the kitchen than in the cathedral; he could pray with another:
Lord of all pots and pans and things...
Make me a saint by getting meals
And washing up the plates.
Further reading: 1 Thes 4:1-12.