In order to rest… you have to work!

Why is it that so often we see our work for God as something that we do on Sundays, and the rest of the week we just work at our jobs?  Is that really what God intended for us to do; to give Him one day a week?  I think not!

We as christians, and especially as christian men, need to start thinking of our work for God as priority and focusing on it every day of the week.  We get so caught up in our day to day lives, and especially our work, that we forget that we have a mission from God that we are supposed to be working on also.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to over eve thing I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

That is a pretty tall order; make disciples of all the nations – WOW!  When you really think about that, and the size of that task, how can you possibly hope to accomplish that working on it only one day a week.

If we want to see God work in our lives then we have to do God’s work.  If we want to accomplish something in our lives, then let’s work toward accomplishing something with eternally significant outcome.

Please don’t misunderstand me to think that I am preaching some kind of salvation through works, absolutely not!  Out salvation, and God’s love for us, is in no way conditional upon us doing anything.  Which is a good thing because if it was, we would all be in real trouble!

God wants us to work hard at everything that we do, and to do everything for Him, and for His glory.  Not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him and want to feel his presence in our lives.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, nor for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the lord as a reward.”   Colossians 3:23-24

Don’t sit back and do nothing.  Get up and work.  Even if the task seems daunting, or you don’t think that you can do it.  All you have to do is ask God to back you up and help you, and you can do anything.  2 Thessalonians 3:10 says that if we don’t work we don’t eat.  Personally, I really like eating!  So I guess I better get up and work!

So go out today and work for God, as hard as you can, everyday.  You will see a difference in you life.

One last thought; don’t forget to take a rest!  We are commanded to get our work done 6 days a week and to rest on the last day.  Heck, even God took a break on the seventh day!


Something to think about while you work…

Here is a quick thought to get you thinking of higher things while you slave away today.

After the fall of man in the Garden, God told Adam and Eve that now they would have to work, sweat and toil all the days of their life to survive (Gen 3:17-19).  “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thes 3:10) Because we sinned we now have to work hard for what we have.  Before that, God provided everything and all we had to do was enjoy it and enjoy Him.

So now that we have to work, what does God tell us about work?  He tells us that the work we do should not be for the things of the world but for His glory.  Yes, the work we do provides money for us to buy clothes, food, a home, and lots of other stuff.  But the primary responsibility that we have is to work for our heavenly Father, to do His will, and to give Him glory.

“Then they (the disciples) asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’  Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.'”

That goes a little above and beyond clocking in everyday just to get a paycheck!  The physical work that we do each day is a byproduct of sin; the real work is believing in and following Christ.

God commands us to do His work and to do it in such a way that others notice that we are working for Him.  “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that you daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

Don’t be one of those people who depend on welfare or some other program to provide for you.  Get up and get to work!  And don’t think for a second that God does not see and know all the work that you do for Him; “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Heb 6:10)

Have fun at work today!