October 19, 2017

Romans 12:1–2 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:11–12 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

These are the verses that we have been squeezing the past month. They are our reminder that whatever we are doing that is our worship to the Lord. Mary Anne Frank helped to reinforce this by sending me an email that she received from a missionary couple in which they discovered that the Hebrew word for work, serve, and worship was the same. We Americans separate the words into different meanings but to the Hebrews in the Old Testament they all mean the same.  The word is ‘Avodah’. So I looked it up and sure enough they are right.

In some verses the word, Avodah means work, as in to work in the field and to do common labor:

Exodus 34:21 – “Moses renewing the covenant with God says, “Six days you shall work (adovah),”

Psalm 104:23- “Then man goes out to his work (avodah), to his labor until evening.”

In other verses Avodah means to serve and worship the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 – “but as for me and my household, we will serve (avodah) the Lord.”

Exodus 8:1 – ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship (avodah) me.

Isn’t that quite something to think that the same word used for work is the same word used for worship. The Jews understood that their work was worship unto the Lord. Obviously Paul understood that same thing when he gave us our memory verses. I am sure he had Avodah in mind when he said to give our bodies to God as living and holy sacrifices which is truly the way to worship God.

God doesn’t ask us to work and then to stop and worship. He asks us to faithfully do both at the same time. Talk about an efficient God:) So as the missionaries who Mary Anne got this idea from went on to say in their blog: When you sit down at your keyboard…”avodah!”  When you are managing your employees…”avodah!”  When you sing your praise to God on Sunday morning…”avodah!” When you’re hammering nails away into a new house…”avodah!”

I say when you are doing anything… “avodah!”

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    We are told in scripture to do everything as into the Lord.