Laboring For God

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October 26, 2017 by directorfsm

October 26

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shall eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Psalm 128:1-2

Jack sat down to supper with his family. Even after twenty years, there was something special about a meal that came from their own farm. Jack could imagine thousands of families sitting down to similar meals of produce from his farm. It made him feel like there was purpose to his life. The work was hard, there were worries about the future, but it was all worth it. The farm was Jack’s life. It would never be said that Jack was not fulfilled in his work. He couldn’t be happier.

Many people find no satisfaction in the work they do. Their lives lack purpose and meaning. Christians have an alternative source of meaning in their lives. If a Christian does a job, no matter how large or small, to God’s glory, then that person will find satisfaction. God doesn’t much care what we do, but He is always interested in how we do our jobs. If we do our work without grumbling and with a joyful heart, then we are witnessing to His power in our lives and we are pleasing to Him.

Prayer: Let me be not so concerned with the prestige of my job, or the salary it pays, or what other people think of it. Instead, assist me to always do the best that I can, to Your glory, Father. Amen.

From: http://www.crosswalk.co,/devotionals

Quite a number of years ago before we went into the mission field, on maybe my second trip to Lakeshore, MS, I was given the privileged of doing the morning devotional. My theme was Colossians 3:22-23 (AMP) Servants, in everything obey those who are your masters on earth, not only with external service, as those who merely please people, but with sincerity of heart because of your fear of the Lord. 23 Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.”  You see some of the jobs back then {remember all volunteers} were not so glorious, like dumping and cleaning out the toilet paper buckets each day or kitchen police detail. Yet doing those jobs in a manner not to please man or self but to please God sure seemed to make things go a whole lot easier.  It is a lesson I have tried (and at times failed) to remember daily. – Mike

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