We work. We worship. We serve. But there’s another element to our identity as human beings, the part that we’ve inherited from our Father who can’t stop creating, producing designs, dreaming beauty.
1 Chronicles 28:21 – refers to these innovative, imaginative efforts: “The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work.” The text renders it as craft—creative acts, the arts—and He whispers again: avodah. He emphasizes his singular loom by whispering avodah twice in this one verse: work and craft are both expressed as avodah in the original Hebrew. The ancient Hebrews even used the term avodah to describe the sacrifices offered in the temple. And that is the key. To live a fully devoted, interwoven life, we must see everything as a sacrifice to Him.
Our sanctification does not depend as much on changing our activities as it does on doing them for Yeshua, rather than ourselves. We don’t need to change activities from monetary work to missionary work to be devout. That very construct is false. All true believers are in full-time ministry. So we can stop tearing our lives into the categories of worldly and spiritual. We can put away the scissors of selfish ambitions and self-seeking comfort and self interests. If our lives feel fragmented, it’s because we are tearing up Yeshua’s one-piece fabric.
We wear His seamless silk when we mindfully offer everything we do as a sacrifice to Him. Paul explained this clearly to the Romans: “So here’s what I want you to do, YHVH helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before Yahweh as an offering” (Romans. 12:1). When we see our lives as a sacrificial offering unto the Lord – avodah – our work becomes art and our art becomes ministry and our worship becomes serving and our serving becomes help to others.
Just as the “LORD our God is one LORD”, Deuteronomy 6:4, so He weaves all of life on only one loom, and there is only one word for the whole of lives rightly lived in sacrifice to Him.
100% pure Avodah.