Our Lord’s rebuke to the scorners still echoes through the centuries: “And He said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Then Christ provokes the question: at what point might our esteem for personal comfort be an abomination in the sight of God? How large is the gap between “the comfort of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:31) and our notions of comfort?
“I wish I could do more for the Kingdom,” I hear people say. “I don’t feel what I do as a profession advances the Kingdom.” All work involves some level of frustration as the result of the curse, however. But mundane work is not necessarily unimportant work. Adam’s work in the garden was largely agricultural we should note, yet it was his designated, and hence holy, calling.