An Everyday, Ordinary Liturgy (Offering our Work)

cover copySo here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1, The Message)

As I continue this series on creating an everyday, ordinary liturgy, I want to suggest a few ways that we can offer our the work that we do before God.

What might an everyday, ordinary offering look like in the places you live, learn and work?

Parents, what would it look like for you to place your parenting before God as an offering? Here are a few ideas:

•Ponder and reflect on your child’s uniqueness.  How has God fearfully created your child? Allow those insights to stir a sense of wonder and thank the One who created your child and entrusted their care to you.
•Take a walk with your child, keeping in mind the words of Deuteronomy 6: 6-7: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” How can your walk become a time of guidance and teaching?

Students, what would it look like for you to place your study before God as an offering? Here are a few ideas:

•Begin your studies by offering a prayer of gratitude, thanking God for the opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge base.
•Reflect on the activity of God in each discipline of study. Ask God to show you His fingerprints throughout your field.
•In light of Colossians 3:23,  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” offer your best to God.

Workers, what would it look like for you to place your work before God as an offering? Here are a few ideas:

•What tools do you use in your work? As you begin your workday, physically lift them up and consecrate them in worship to God and service to others.
•Before you present a completed project to a supervisor or client, offer the work of your hands to God and ask God to use your work to promote the common good and flourishing of other.
•In what ways can you open up space in your workplace for others to engage in meaningful work?

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