Every Good Work Is a Great Work


Because good, small works matter to God, they should also matter to us.

Have you ever wondered if your work matters? Do you often feel trapped in the daily grind of pushing paper, doing dishes, mowing the grass, or attending meetings that seem insignificant? If we’re honest, I think there are days when most of us have doubted that what we do makes a difference.

If these sentiments resonate with you, you are in good company. I have been there, too! But here’s great news: you can rise above feelings of futility. It’s just a matter of redefining what you do from God’s perspective.

In his book 66 Love Letters, Dr. Larry Crabb provides an encouraging reminder for everyone who has wondered if their work matters.

“Nehemiah did little more than build an unimpressive wall around an apparently insignificant city [Jerusalem] that has a relatively small population of unimportant-looking people. And yet, when people laughed at him for taking on such a trivial project, he replied, ‘I am doing a great work.’” (Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV)

As if God is speaking, Crabb goes on to write:

Whatever anyone does out of a sincere desire to know me and draw others to me is a great work. And as you engage in work, sometimes you will be energized as you catch a glimpse of my plan unfolding. More often you don’t. Either way you are doing a great work.

Every father who repairs a leaky faucet and then prays with his kids before dinner is doing a great work. Every mother who prepares that dinner and joins in prayer is doing a great work. Every single person who works hard to pay the rent and reads the Bible before bedtime is doing a great work. I see it all. And I am pleased. Their reward is coming.

Indeed, He sees it all. He knows when we sit and when we rise. He knows every word before we speak it, every thought from afar, and He is familiar with all our ways (Psalm 139:1-6). The great news is that when we truly believe that God knows all and sees all and that it all matters to Him, we will be motivated to do our work with excellence. We can also experience the joyful reality that every good work is a great work when it’s done for Christ.

Isn’t this what Jesus meant when He said that anyone who gives even a cup of water in His name will be rewarded? Because good, small works matter to God, they should matter to us. Therefore, we should not make light of the daily tasks He gives us and call them insignificant.

Today, I encourage you to serve God right where you are with the joy that comes from knowing that it matters to Him. He sees. He knows.

And don’t forget. . . Every good work is a great work when it’s done for Christ.

Questions for Reflection: Do you feel that the work you do is significant to God? Why or why not? Have you wrongly defined work that is important by the world’s standards? What are God’s two, top priorities according to Mark 12:30-31? How can you do both of these things in a greater way today?

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