WORK FOR GOD

Yesterday evening I was at the park attending a peacefully gathering orchestrated by E.  When I got home, I decided I was just too hot and tried to do Coffee with Cupcake until I looked at E’s profile.  Under her name are 3 little words-WORKING FOR GOD!  Wow!

Many of us have occupations in life.  We may work for the city, for the medical clinic, for the hospital, for Walmart, for the school district, at the sonic, the rice mill, or the many other businesses in our town, but the most relevant job we have is the that of Working For God.

Do you Work For God?  One of my dear friends always tells me she is God’s uber.  She is working for God wherever he takes her.  She takes him everywhere with her.

So what does it mean working for God?

God’s work is work that is in accordance with the will of God.  It is work that accomplishes good.  It is work that is very important and necessary, especially that which receives little or no recognition or pay.  Working for God may be uncomfortable, or it can even make us nervous or anxious.

So what does the bible say about working for God?

Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”… If you put your talents to use, you are proving to God that you love him and worship him.

In an article written by Hugh Whelchel, Hugh writes this as a reflection to the scripture:

It’s easy to understand how a missionary can impact God’s kingdom, how an author can write a distinctly Christian book, and even how a politician can implement God-honoring policies.

But do you view your time in the workplace as your unique way of honoring God? Is there a Christian way to wash windows, keep records, or land an airplane?  Colossians 3:23-24 suggests that there is when it tells believers to serve the Lord in whatever they do.

Martin Luther echoes this by saying, “The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”

(https://www.clsnet.org/pages/resources/devotionals/cls-devotional—working-heartily-as-for-the-lord)

Whatever work we do; we are to go at it as an act of worship or service to God.  It doesn’t matter what job it may be.  It may be something you get paid for, or it may be a voluntary position.  You don’t have to be someone that has a CEO position to WORK FOR GOD.  Whatever your job is, you can reach and teach people through it.

In 1 Peter 4:10 (my favorite scripture)

1 Peter 4:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Peter is telling us that we each have talents.  We need to find them and use them.  Our abilities should be used in serving others, working for God.

Thank you, E, for being an example for all of us to WORK FOR GOD.  We know that it isn’t easy at times, but you are fantastic.

CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK

  • Keep your daily appointment
  • Dive deep into the word
  • Keep WORKING FOR GOD
  • Fill your cup with Christ because it is only when you fill your cup with Christ that you can fill other cups.

 

RESOURCES

https://www.clsnet.org/pages/resources/devotionals/cls-devotional—working-heartily-as-for-the-lord