I was working at the hospital the other day and I visited with one of the cleaning ladies. I stopped to tell her thank you for the job she was doing. She said she was glad to do it because she knows what an important job it is. She said her job is about more than just cleaning. She said she knows that some patients might not have any family with them and they may be nervous, scared or in pain. She said when she walks into the room to clean, she smiles and says hello and knows that God can use her work to help the patients feel better. Her words reminded me of what the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:23 – 24.
Col 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Whatever jobs or tasks we may find ourselves doing, we should do them to the best of our ability. It provides us an opportunity to thank God and show Him our gratitude for the gifts, abilities and yes, even the very work He has blessed us with. And it also provides us with an opportunity to bless others. I was grateful for this reminder provided by this lady. And as I left, I thanked her again, not just for the work she does, but also for the ministry she provides.