Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? How compelling is the work that you do every day? Is it yours to command or yours to do? When it comes to the work that God calls you to do for him, is the role that you play really compelling at all?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
There is a fan mounted on a brace at the 26 foot level of our Great Room here at Beech Springs. The fan was installed prior to us moving into the house nearly thirty years ago, and over time it has required repairs to it. Those repairs, however simple, are by the nature of the fan’s inaccessibility, problematic. You really can’t stand on a tall ladder to work on the fan. Any amount of tedious repair requiring extensive time must be done from a scaffold. Several years ago I rented a scaffolding to effect one such repair. The mounting bracket on the fan housing had come loose. It would take an hour or so to correct that, so I moved the rented scaffolding into the Great Room, assembled it over the course of the afternoon, and made it ready for my Son Dan to make the actual repairs when he got home from work that day. Although I labored diligently to move and erect (an later tear down and remove) hundreds of pounds of steel scaffolding, I didn’t do the work required to actually fix the fan. Dan did that work while I watched. The work that was of actual account in fixing the fan was the work Dan performed on the top of the scaffold. Although the work I had done was tedious, it technically had no account and the repair of the fan proper.
Here I’m reminded of the adage: “Man proposes and God disposes.” Fixing the fan was my proposition. The disposition of that repair depended upon the willingness of my Son Dan to climb the scaffolding, understand the problem once he got up there, and using the proper tools, fix the problem.
It’s been said. “The work we do in this life is ultimately measured by a standard of how compelling it is. Most of what we do is less than compelling. It is labor and results in products or services, but how compelling it is depends not upon what is accomplished, but more properly on what is resolved. Resolution is often reserved for the few who are in a position to command the work, not process it.” (Unknown.)
The most compelling work of the greatest account ever accomplished by any man was the work of salvation undertaken by Christ in our stead. In Luke 18:31 we read as Jesus instructed his disciples of the work yet needed to be done. “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled” (Luke 18:31). The work of providing a way for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth in Jesus Christ, the most compelling work ever having taken place on this earth, is owned by Christ himself. As my Son Dan climbed that scaffolding to fix that fan while I stood and watched, the role of man in the work of salvation was that of erecting a cross; the accountable work was done by Christ alone. God calls you and me to continue that work of salvation today; he may even call us to our deaths, but the labor needed to fix the problem of sin was already accomplished in Christ. His work was and always will be compelling. Ours was and always will be useful and good, but of no account by comparison.
We pray. Thank you Lord for completing the work of salvation in and through Christ without making it our assignment to effect the work or continue it. Forgive us when we place our calling to serve you above the work that has already been accounted for in Christ. May we always be aware of what we do in the context of what has already been accomplished by Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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