I’ve always hated washing dishes. Why? It feels so pointless. You wash a dish, and three hours later there’s another that needs washing. Dishes get dirtied, washed, rinsed, and dried and dirtied again. It never ends! The repetitive nature of the work almost communicates that it was for nothing.
Apparently I wasn’t alone in this. Solomon, the wisest man to ever have lived, felt that way too, but about everything.
Let’s face it, whatever you do on this earth will have to be done again. Whether you finalize peace talks between two powerful countries, or drop off kids to soccer practice- It’s all going to have to be done again. You can build the best skyscraper- but someday it will need to be redone- just like the dishes. Peace talks will have to re-evaluated and re-visited, those same kids will have the same practice in a week from now. Earthly work by itself is pointless, repetitive, and ultimately unfulfilling.
But just like the dishes aren’t done for the sake of the dishes, our work on earth shouldn’t be done for it’s own sake either.
We don’t work for the sake of work, or study hard simply to know more. We should do everything with the purpose of pleasing God. That’s all that matters!
Whatever is accomplished on earth is transient and temporary, no matter how long-lasting it may appear. One day the pyramids will be dust, and all the marvels of the modern world will fade away.
So if it’s all pointless, what matters?
How we live.
God’s not interested in what your job is, as much as whether you did it out of love for Him! You could be the guy who rides around town picking up the trash at 3am, and please God just as much as the powerful and influential Senator who is writing policies for international relations.
In the end, work by itself is pointless. The relationship we build with God as we do our work, is what counts.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31