Our labors piled before the judgement seat waiting for inspection by God? That puts a whole different light on things, doesn’t it? My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Remember the old adage, “Honesty is the best policy?” We all like to deal with honest people and are offended when we are taken in a scam on the internet or are overcharged at the retail counter. We expect other people to be honest and we expect government and the authorities to protect us from dishonesty wherever and whenever possible. But, the question is, what motivates honesty in the first place? Is it the fear of getting caught or is it something far more important that just being discovered?
Let me tell you a story about honest labor. There was a boy named Harry who worked for a Scottish shoemaker named Dan. It was his chief responsibility to pound out and dry leather for shoe soles. It seemed an endless operation to him, and he wearied of it many times. What made my task worse was the fact that, a block away, there was another cobbler shop that he passed and as I looked in the window, he often noticed that this cobbler never pounded the soles at all, but took them from the water, nailed them on, damp as they were.
One day he ventured inside and timidly asked, “I notice you put the soles on while still wet. Are they just as good as if they were pounded?” He gave the boy a wicked leer as he answered, “They come back all the quicker this way, my boy!” The boy related the instance to his employer and suggested that he was perhaps wasting time in drying out the leather so carefully. The honest cobbler stopped his work and opened his Bible to the passage that reads, “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of god.”
“Harry,” he said, “I do not cobble shoes just for the four bits and six bits that I get from my customers. I am doing this for the glory of God. I expect to see every shoe I have ever repaired in a big pile at the judgment seat of Christ, and I do not want the Lord to say to me in that day, ‘Dan, this was a poor job. You did not do your best here.’ I want Him to be able to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’” (H. A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, pp. 37-39)
Our labors piled before the judgement seat waiting for inspection by the most discriminating eye in the entire universe? That puts a whole different light on things, doesn’t it? When we put into even our simplest tasks our best energies and efforts, we glorify God and reflect to others the image of our God. When we do our best, even when the job is tedious or seemingly unimportant, we honor God. With His name at stake, honesty IS the best policy.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there are so many things in this life that we do every day that are easy to take for granted. The shame of that, Lord, is that all tasks are given to us by you to perform at our optimum. We often fail to see that Lord and even reject some things that we do repetitively as boring or unnecessary. Forgvie us Lord when we fail to understand or even want to see that everything we do, the small and the great, passes before your discriminating eye. Help us to understand the importance of all tasks in this life as they are given to us by the Giver of the universe, our gracious God. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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