“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
I enjoy cleaning the house that me and my wife, Angel, live in. I enjoy keeping our bed made and keeping all of the baby and dog toys in their places. I like to live in a clean space.
On the other hand, there is one thing that I just really despise. This thing is something that I have never been motivated to do or enjoyed doing.
The thing that I hate is washing dishes.
I would let dishes sit in the sink for weeks on end if I did not have Angel to keep me in check.
The other week, Angel was overwhelmed with homework so she had asked me if I would wash the dishes to relieve some of her stress. I agreed and got to work. I flipped open my computer, put on some music, and began scrubbing away. While I was mindlessly cleaning, the song Graves Into Gardens by Elevation Worship came on my playlist.
Graves Into Gardens is a song that we have been singing at church. It is a powerful song that proclaims the greatness of our God; that He is the only one who can turn “Graves Into Gardens.” I hope and pray that this song has inspired you to worship and has encouraged your time of praise.
While I was standing there listening to this song, the lyrics really began to set into my heart and my spirit. It was such a sweet moment of worship in our kitchen.
As these lyrics were ringing in my spirit, a thought suddenly came into my mind. I started to think of how I hate washing the dishes, yet I am standing here and worshipping through it. The very thing that I despised was now an avenue to worship the King.
This was a profound realization for me.
When we begin to see that there is nothing better than our God, we can do the very things we hate to glorify Him. We can use the things that we never thought would be a place of worship to experience the presence of God.
I pray that God would help us to change our outlook to echo what Paul is telling us in Colossians 3 and “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus”.