My friend, may I ask you a question? Are we here on this earth to be of service to our fellowman and not to ourselves? Is submitting to hard work the key to finding the humble path that leads to true Christian service?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
How hard do I want to work today? How hard did I work today? Are these questions that you often find yourself asking at the start or end of each working day? Even though God created you and I for service, it is also true that He does not expect us to work without end. Just what is God’s will for us in our daily labor anyway?
There is no doubt that God wants us to both do work and enjoy the labors of our work. Yet, without the former, the latter is difficult to achieve honestly. Enjoyment must necessarily result from the work that we do. While it is possible to enjoy what we do while we do it, it is not worthy of a Christian to strive for enjoyment without being willing to put the work in first. This validates the pleasure and accomplishes God’s purpose for us in this life. We are here on this earth to be of service to our fellowman and not to ourselves. And, submitting to hard work is the key to finding the humble path that leads to true Christian service. A shiftless Christian is not a beautiful sight to God.
The great violinist, Nicolo Paganini, willed his marvelous violin to Genoa -- the city of his birth -- but only on condition that the instrument never be played upon. It was an unfortunate condition, for it is a peculiarity of wood that as long as it is used and handled, it shows little wear. As soon as it is discarded, it begins to decay. The exquisite, mellow-toned violin has become worm-eaten in its beautiful case, valueless except as a relic. The moldering instrument is a reminder that a life withdrawn from all service to others loses its meaning. (Bits & Pieces, June 25, 1992.)
God has created you and I as beautiful pieces of workmanship; workmanship designed to be of service to others. When we do not so employ ourselves every day, we are as worthless as that once beautiful violin. What we were made for was service, not self-service. Submitting to the plan, putting ourselves in a position to do not only do the work we are given but also the service God has willed for us to do for others, is the key to understanding a life of true Christian submission. So, how hard to you want to work today? How about as far as His hand will lead you?
We pray. Lord, thank you for letting us work with you to share your joy with the world. Help us not take for granted the gift it is to share your gospel to the nations, and to our neighbors. Help us have eyes to see the needs around us and to respond to those needs in joy and hope. May we always seek to serve and not be served. Work us hard Lord, so that You will get from your investment in us all that you had planned for us to do. Thank you so much Lord for your love and care over us. 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. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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