Some labor with glory and others in it; but all labor to God’s glory no matter the task. Whatever we do, our labors must always be directed with one aim in mind. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
The Bible tells us that creation reflects the glory of God. However, there are some things in creation that echo that glory and others that merely reflect it. For example, God created both the mole and the eagle. Both were fashioned according to His almighty wisdom. Yet, that is where similarities end. The eagle flies in the heavens and the mole tunnels beneath the earth. The one glorious, the other inglorious. Nevertheless, the flight of the eagle, and the tunneling of the mole are good in God’s sight. One proclaims and the other labors. Both do the work assigned. One digs to the glory of the Lord and the other crows.
Here’s a story. The story goes that when the company founded by Andrew Carnegie was taken over by the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1901 it acquired as one of its obligations a contract to pay the top Carnegie executive, Charles M. Schwab, the then unheard of minimum sum of $1,000,000. J.P. Morgan of U.S. Steel was in a quandary about it. The highest salary on record was then $100,000. He met with Schwab, showed him the contract and hesitatingly asked what could be done about it.
“This,” said Schwab, as he took the contract and tore it up. That contract had paid Schwab $1,300,000 the year before. “I didn’t care what salary they paid me,” Schwab later told a Forbes magazine interviewer. “I was not animated by money motives. I believed in what I was trying to do and I wanted to see it brought about. I cancelled that contract without a moment’s hesitation. Why do I work? I work for just the pleasure I find in work, the satisfaction there is in developing things, in creating. Also, the associations business begets. The person who does not work for the love of work, but only for money, is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.” (Bits and Pieces, May, 1991, p. 2.)
Some labor with glory and others in it; but all labor to God’s glory no matter what the task. Whatever we do, our labors must always be directed with one aim in mind. That is, Jesus is coming back to this earth again soon. And, when He does, we must present to Him what we have done with our lives. For some it may be a meager living, toiling in the earth. For others it may be much more than that. In either case, what we have been given we are to do diligently, always with an eye on the One who will measure us by what we have done with what we’ve been given, much or little. When we work, we need to love the idea of working, the fact that work is a blessing, not a curse. Whether we fly like an eagle or we dig like a mole, our goal in labor should always be Christ’s glory and not our own. It’s how not what that matters.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to regard our time with a sense of importance that every minute, every second of our time is measured and valued by you. Forgvie us Lord when we yield to the temptation to value some of our time but not all of our time. Help us to realize daily that you are the giver of time and that there is no time that is given to us that does not have value in your eyes. Let our work be annointed, dedicated to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Whether we are given much time or just a little on this earth may we spend it with austerity and commitment. 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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