What Are You Working For?

John 6:27 “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”

Much of the American dream has been that we live in a land of such opportunity that the lowliest of people can become a millionaire if they work hard enough. Many have gone before us to be our examples that that dream is still alive today. But so many who felt they have achieved their ‘dream’ find that place to be empty, lonely and unfulfilling.

Much of their ‘success’ has come at the expense of marriages, families, friendships and even their health. All one has to do is step back and measure that life and ask – “Was it worth it?” Steve Jobs, the billionaire creator of Apple realized too late that all of his money couldn’t bring back all that his ‘success’ had cost him.

When we measure ‘success’, what criteria do we use? Worldly or spiritual? Living for the what the world can offer is temporary. Living for what God rewards is eternal. I truly believe that no one person’s path is exactly the same. We are far more similar than we would care to admit, and on that one point we can connect and communicate.

God is personal in the area of our work for a reason. He so desires to show Himself real to each and every one who seeks Him. Herein also lies the problem – we don’t seek Him as we ought.

Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

We follow our dreams and our desires and wonder all too late why it didn’t seem to work out like we thought it should. The Bible tells me:

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Being able to see clearly what God would have us to do takes some time, some effort, some meditation and thinking through – processing, I call it. Some get distracted with the “all or nothing” mentality. I have to be all about God’s business meaning full time Christian service.

If everyone were pastors, evangelists, missionaries or full time Christian workers, who would take care of the trash removal? Who would build the homes? Who would be our government? Our civil authorities? Who would be left to put out the fires? Catch the criminals? Run the businesses?

At one point in my life as a saved person, I desired to be a full time assistant pastor. I felt that if I worked full time, I could do more for God than having to be stuck in this mundane, worldly existence. I told my coworkers that this was what was going to happen and to look what God was going to do.

Well, the ability for us to take that step was not in the vision for what the church could be able to take on at that time and I reluctantly backed down from that happening and literally gave up. It wasn’t until I heard a message that reawakened my desire and refocused my vision.

I have been given a mission field (my workplace) to win those that God has given me to touch. Those in the church would never touch those I have the privilege to work alongside every single day. They will see and hear about my faith on an everyday basis. I will be able to leverage conversations to tell what wonderful things God has done for me and my family.

This ‘work’ that God has for every child of God, is sometimes unique and special. Other times it is as routine and plain and seemingly mundane. But when you and I approach every day as a new opportunity to be a light, a witness, a comfort, and a guide; we can show others the love of Christ in such a very real way.

In the end we are reminded:

Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

Find the work God would have you to do today and do it with all your heart.

 

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