God Uses Our Work—Even Cleaning Milk Off the Floor

Courtney Reissig | February 20, 2017

Messes are an everyday occurrence in my house. A house filled with five people (three of whom are younger than 4) means spills, laundry, and more spills. Few things make me wonder if my work matters like spilled milk on a freshly mopped floor. But in my most coherent moments, I’m reminded even the simple act of wiping up spilled milk is valuable work.

On a practical level, leaving milk on the floor is hardly sanitary (or pleasant to smell over time). On a deeper level, cleaning up a mess is a way to love the neighbors in my home—which is the purpose of all our work.

God uses us to love the world he has made, even if it’s cleaning milk off the floor.

Terrified of Heaven

This world is fleeting and fading. We all want to know that what we’re doing now has a lasting effect on eternity, right? We get that our work is affecting souls who will never die (John 11:26). We get that loving our neighbor is a way to worship God (Mark 12:30–31). But what does our work have to do with our future home, the new heavens and new earth?

God created us to work. It wasn’t an afterthought…

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