The original version of this article is found at. Christians are called away from these things. One thing we know when we work for God -- we are working for the best purpose we could ever find. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. One problem with this secular view is that it sets us up for disappointment. Our ultimate rewards are with God, not the human beings we serve for only a short time.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Suddenly, I was able to do a menial job—and later on, more important ones—as a labor of love and worship for Jesus. For this reason, those who control bondservants should remember that God's judgment is impartial: evil will be punished, no matter who does it Colossians 3:25. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Christians should find joy because they are living with purpose and have an opportunity to shine the light of Christ wherever they may be.
But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. These Scriptures are not shareware and may not be duplicated. It was not until a co-worker reminded me that my labor is done as a service unto the Lord and not man that my attitude about work begin to change. Shrouded in mystery which our human minds can only comprehed on a limited basis, this chapter is full of many great truths, and perhaps the greatest of all begins in v56, which is quoted below. Legitimate work is work that contributes to what God wants done in the world and doesn't contribute to what He doesn't want done.
Instead, He tells them to leave enough of the grain to allow the poor to work for themselves. Then He put just the right people in front of me at just the right time, and the rest, as they say, is history. These jobs are legal, but you have to ask, how are they cooperating with God to benefit His creation? As it pertains to servants, this might include cleaning dishes or serving dignitaries. The secular view of work tends to make an idol of career. Your relationship with God takes a back seat, family takes a back seat, even your relationship with other people takes a back seat to work. It is His provision in a number of ways.
Work for God will never be forgotten and the reward can never be equaled on earth. I must admit I struggled with this when I was working. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. Besides, if work is only a platform for evangelism, it devalues the work itself, and this view of work is too narrow and unfulfilling. I was in a job I didn't enjoy for just over 10 years. Paul's amazement should come as no surprise, for his command is that Christians be immovable, yet these above were not only movable, but surprisingly easy to move.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Instead of concentrating only on evangelism, we need to concentrate on living a life that honors God and loves people. These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form and must remain in their original context. In Ephesians 1, Paul says three times that God made us, not for evangelism, but to live to the praise of His glory. Work is integral to life, and approaching work as God-given will give us more pleasure in it.
Whatsoever I do : I should do it in the attitude that I am doing it to my Lord Jesus : Even if when the person I am doing for is hard to do for because of something that I may not like about that person. You will put your best foot forward and strive for excellence because Jesus is now your focal point and reason for working. Give a little, receive a little. That small insight adds even greater depth to this passage. . But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. Many have defined The Seed of Hope and my role in our salon as being a ministry, and both get the best that I have to give.
Through work we meet our own needs. Help me to be the very best that I can be in everything that I do. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. For the righteous Judge of the earth will deal justly between master and servant. He says, If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Those who are on the lower rungs of the ladder are called to serve those above them in ways that please God. Only God could have made it possible for the changes that occurred in my life! He found that they were afflicted with this disease of eyeservice; they worked only when he watched them. We do our work for men in a manner that will be pleasing to God. He leads me beside still waters. He wants us to have a biblical worldview that weaves Him into every aspect of our lives, including work. Any other use including, but not limited to, copying, posting or reposting on the Internet is prohibited.
We may not feel appreciated, paid enough, or though others work as hard as we do. So — think for a moment about the new year and your work. That is far more winsome than all the evangelistic strategies in the world. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; … Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. He didn't charge them with, Go and make disciples of all nations which aren't in existence yet, but they will be as soon as you guys go off and start making babies. We are not to grow weary or tired in service to Him, but should live a balanced life or service which remains fixed on Him from the day of our regeneration forward.