Being God’s Masks and A Reason to Keep Going

Most of us are habitual people. We have our schedules, our normal wake up times, our regular meetings. We see the same people at social functions or our kids’ ball games. If we’re not careful, routine begins to define our lives.

Maybe you’re different than me, and I’m not saying that I don’t like a routine. I do. But when my life is simply made up of routine, when I go through my mundane days simply going through the motions, it’s hard to keep going. The routine that provides me with consistency also drains the joy out of living.

Whether right or not, when I’m bogged down in routine without remembering the larger picture of life, I feel insignificant. Each day’s mundane chores, errands, and work don’t seem to matter much.

Those are the bad days. The good days are different. On those I wake up and remember that God made me and loves me. I remember that he has given me certain talents, desires, and opportunities. I remember that all of those are to be used for his glory. And I remember that in his grand drama to redeem the world, he has given me a part in the play. The work I do really matters. The lives I come in contact are put in my path for a purpose, a God-given and God-glorifying purpose.

No matter your profession, no matter whether you have kids or not. God has given you a ministry. To your friends, your co-workers, your family, your clients. He has a part for you to play in the grandest drama ever told.

Here are a few quotes from the first chapter of a great book (Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey) which will help drive this home:

“This means that our vocation or professional work is not a second-class activity, something we do just to put food on the table. It is the high calling for which we were originally created.”

“Martin Luther liked to say that our occupations are God’s ‘masks’ – His way of caring for creation in a hidden manner through human means. In our work, we are God’s hands, God’s eyes, God’s feet.”

“The metaphor of God’s ‘masks’ presses home the fact that our vocation is not something we do for God – which would put the burden on us to perform and achieve. Instead, it is a way we participate in God’s work.”

I need this reminder nearly daily. I matter. Not because I’m great or accomplished or talented on my own. But because God has made me that way and he wants me to participate in his work with the gifts he’s given me.

Instead of being bogged down and discouraged with our day-to-day lives, may the knowledge that we are God’s masks fill us with hope and give us a reason to keep going.

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