The arrival of autumn means cooler temperatures, apples, pumpkins, and beautiful colors. I love to drive around the area looking all hues displayed by trees making the transition from summer to winter. But then all those colors start to fall to the ground, and someone is going to have to rake them into a pile and dispose of them. And if that someone is you and you are a Christian, I have a few words for you.
Any kind of work worth doing is worth doing to the praise and honor of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Surely the “whatsoever you do” part includes raking. We should honor God with all that we do, even menial tasks like raking. What does that look like?
First, we should rake with a right attitude. Few people really like to rake leaves for long periods of time, and it is not as easy as mowing the lawn. There is a temptation to grumble and complain, yet the Bible says in Philippians 2:14 says “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” Complaining about your task doesn’t bring God honor.
Second, we should rake to the best of our ability. Though I know that more leaves will fall, and that others leaves will blow into my yard, I still rake so that my yard looks like I am a faithful steward of what God has given me. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” One can always go overboard with making the yard look nice, but a Christian exhibits diligence in every project, even the menial ones.
Finally, be a Christian who shows the light of Jesus to your neighbors. Property lines are important when it comes to the business of owning or selling a house, but when it comes to raking, Christians should forget where those boundaries are. Nothing says, “I don’t care about you,” like a bed of leaves contrasted with a green lawn separated by a distinction on the property line. A Christian is someone who will go beyond normal duty and be a help to those around, especially those who live next door. Galatians 5:13 says: “by love serve one another.”
This doesn’t mean you have to rake your neighbor’s entire yard or do it for everyone in the neighborhood. It just means that a Christian should not have a “this mine and that is yours” mentality, but an attitude of desire that shows Christ to a world who doesn’t expect neighbors to do things for free or without being asked. Furthermore, do it as a Christian on your own accord. Don’t try to convince your church to start a “raking ministry,” but simply be Jesus to those around you, who are watching your life anyway.
You probably wouldn’t expect that raking had anything to do with being a Christian, but as people who show forth His praises, no task is too menial for showing God’s glory.