A few years back, when visiting my wife’s family in Kenya I watched a stone mason spend hour after hour with a hammer and chisel shaping stones into rectangular blocks to be used in an extension of their house. It reminded me of a story I heard (can’t remember where) about two men who where also cutting stones.
Someone asked both of the men what they were doing. In reply, the first mumbled, “Busting rocks.” The second joyfully said, “I’m building a cathedral to the glory of God!” Same job but completely different perspective on their work.
In the first chapter of Colossians, Paul gives us a grand vision of the person of Jesus.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Why does he start his letter this way? To let his readers know the importance of perspective. If we understand the grandeur of Christ, his mission of bringing redemption and healing to this world, and the fact that he actually calls us to join him in this mission; our perspective on life will be completely different.
Each day we have many, many activities to do . Cleaning the house, talking to your neighbor, working at your job, helping family members, walking the dog – who knows what each day will bring? But if you are a child of God, you get to join King Jesus in bringing hope to this world.
Cleaning the house becomes an opportunity to pray for and serve your family. Talking to your neighbor becomes an opportunity to offer a word of grace and encouragement. Working at your job becomes an opportunity to provide for your family and others in addition to modeling Christ to your co-workers. Everything you do becomes an opportunity to join with God on His grand mission.
Change your perspective. Are you going to build a cathedral or just keep on busting rocks?