My friend, may I ask you a question? 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?
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 The moldering instrument is a reminder that a life withdrawn from all service to others loses its meaning.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. Heavenly Father, our lives are made for service. You have told us in Your Word that our purpose here on earth is to be of service; to one another, our neighbors and anyone You ordain us to meet in the course of our lives. How difficult it is Lord to conform to this singular purpose in our lives? We live in a culture that tells us nonstop that we deserve this or that and looking out for number one is what it’s all about. Forgive us Father when we fall prey to that thinking, when we find it more important to think of us before we think of others. Move us by Your Spirit O Lord to welcome each day as another opportunity to serve You by serving others. May we never become content to just be relics of Christianity, content to live out our lives in anticipation of our Heavenly reward. Give us opportunities to serve and serve and serve again, until there simply isn’t anything left to serve with. 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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