[Here is] one of the greatest reasons to keep a good attitude about our work. Work is a blessing not a curse. Our God has said that He will provide all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). God has no shortage of glory and so He came to give us life and to give it more abundantly (John 10:10). His desire is to bless us with all good things and certainly He has – after all, He has invited us to have an eternal relationship with Him. What could be better than that? But he also provides for us physically, not just spiritually. He says that not even a bird would fall without His knowing it (Matthew 10:29); He is that involved in and aware of His creation.
However, I’ve heard a cute little saying that goes like this, “God feeds the birds, but He doesn’t throw it in the nest.” God is providing for our needs by making us able to work to obtain His blessings. This doesn’t apply to the spiritual blessing of salvation but it does to the physical blessing of provision. What a blessing it is to have the physical strength and ability to do basic tasks for ourselves. Let’s not take that for granted. It is only by the grace of God that I am able to rise in the morning and dress myself, brush my teeth and make my breakfast. Let us honour God by doing all that we can to be physically self-sufficient, not a burden to others and in turn we can give Him glory through our work.
There are also spinoffs to the blessing of physical provisions that God makes for us through our abilities. There is the blessing of being satisfied with the fruits of our labours, of being content with what we have. We can enjoy the results of our hard work and feel good, fulfilled. We gain confidence and feel more ready to face challenges that lie ahead. Beyond simple physical provision, hard work is a sure delivery vehicle for the abundant life that Jesus offers.
An important example is that of Adam and Eve. God instructed them how to work and to tend to the Garden of Eden before they sinned. Working for a living is not part of the punishment that we endure because of our sinful natures. It is a privilege to have the physical capability to earn money, to make things, to do things.
So, when attitudes are faltering about cleaning time, remind your little people (and yourself) that God wasn’t obligated to give you hands and fingers that worked, muscles to lift with, feet that are able to help you move about, balance and stand. He did not need to give you a brain that can learn and think but He has because He was providing for your needs to take care of yourself and others.