Ecclesiastes 9:10 and Matthew 25:40

I was planning to post the verse of the week on Tuesdays, but these two verses have been stuck in my mind for awhile, and I decided that I should just sit down and post them this morning.

The first is Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

And the next is Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

These two verses really seem to fit together. If you are working with all your might, and doing a good job, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are working for Jesus. Lately I have been implementing these verses as a kind of motto in my life, an aim to achieve, and it’s amazing the blessings I have received. I’d like to share a little story of what happened this morning that ties in with this.

So, when I came out this morning to eat breakfast, all my family was still sleeping in. All the lights were off, and sunlight was coming in the windows. It was all rather pleasant, and I grabbed some almonds to start off my breakfast with. Then, I really started noticing that the kitchen was a mess. Dirty dishes on the counter, dirty dishes on the table, papers scattered around.

Now, there is something you should know about me. I can not stand messy kitchens. Literally, I just am unable to function in the chaos. So, all the sudden, I had an idea. I would straighten up the kitchen a bit! I believe this was the Holy Spirit nudging me to help out, and be a blessing to my family.

Let me tell you, it was amazing. I put dishes in the sink, straightened the table up, and wiped the counters. As I got some spray cleaner to clean the counter with, the spray apparatus wasn’t working. It was turned to the on position, so I knew that wasn’t the problem. Finally, I just said a simple prayer. It was like this, “Lord, please make this work.”

BAM. It worked.

I was like, “Whoa, that was awesome!” It was so cool, because the moment I prayed, the spray bottle started working!

Another thing I noticed as I worked was that my willingness to help seemed to influence the others in my family. My brother was more willing to help too, and there was a general air of happiness. It was such a blessing to know that by just helping a little, I had helped create such a great atmosphere.

And, I learned that cleaning the kitchen isn’t as gross as I thought. 🙂