Friday, March 20, 2009

Barclay: worship in work

March 20, 2009
    Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687

    Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."
    -- Revelation 4:8 (NIV)

    The humblest and the most unseen activity in the world can be the true worship of God. Work and worship literally become one. Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever; and man carries out that function when he does what God sent him into the world to do. Work well done rises like a hymn of praise to God. This means that the doctor on his rounds, the scientist in his laboratory, the teacher in his classroom, the musician at his music, the artist at his canvas, the shop assistant at his counter, the typist at her typewriter, the housewife in her kitchen—all who are doing the work of the world, as it should be done, are joining in a great act of worship.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Revelation of John, Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1960, vol. 1, pp. 201-202. (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I worship you in every act.

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