Whose Glory?

Judy Estelle

READ : Colossians 3:12-17, 23-24

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters. (v. 23 NIV)

Do you ever feel that a task is not important enough to give God glory? When I am confronted with such thoughts, I remember Bill, an older student at the seminary where I teach. Bill truly loves the Lord. But at one point in his life he had hit the bottom.

Within several days, his girlfriend left him, he failed the national university entrance exam, and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Wandering forlornly through the streets, he was told that Jesus loved him. Someone loved him? He entered the nearest church, talked to the pastor, and shortly thereafter believed in Jesus as his Savior.

In Taiwan, because schools do not have custodians, the students clean. Bill’s job was to clean the restroom in the administration building. He would be seen coming out with his mop five or six times a day! Once I remarked that it really wasn’t necessary to clean it so frequently. Pulling himself up to his full six-foot height and with eyes flashing, Bill said, “Teacher, I am not cleaning that bathroom for the school’s president. I am not cleaning that bathroom for you. I am cleaning it for Jesus.” In Bill’s eyes, no task was too unimportant for God.


Lord, help me to see that everything I do can be for your glory. Amen.