In today's My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers Oswald Chambers basically says that you need to use the best you've been given to serve the Lord - the best of your professional skills, the best of your personality traits, the best of your technical abilities. Don't think that you have to go off into the wilderness alone to worship God, you have to do it in the middle of the everyday hustle and bustle, using all the skills God has given you.
I couldn't agree more. And I wish I'd read this entry before I wrote Faith Powered Profession, I would have quoted him!
In Faith Powered Profession I wrote:
We usually think of worship as singing, but worship is the act of taking any gifts you’ve been given and using them to glorify Christ. It’s an act of devotion. I haven’t been given musical gifts—anyone who sits in front of me in church could tell you that—but I have been given administrative gifts and management gifts and I offer those back to God.
This morning's reading was a reflection on Genesis 12:8: He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard it for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded (see Exodus 16:20).
I was encouraged just from that, but then Chambers went on specifically to address work: Bethel is the symbol of fellowship with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abram “pitched his tent” between the two. The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him. Rushing in and out of worship is wrong every time— there is always plenty of time to worship God. Days set apart for quiet can be a trap, detracting from the need to have daily quiet time with God. That is why we must “pitch our tents” where we will always have quiet times with Him, however noisy our times with the world may be. There are not three levels of spiritual life— worship, waiting, and work. Yet some of us seem to jump like spiritual frogs from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together as one. They were always together in the life of our Lord and in perfect harmony. It is a discipline that must be developed; it will not happen overnight.
I knew I liked this guy!