Work

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“23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24 NASB

Work looks a little different for everyone.  Whether an artist, musician, attorney, welder, doctor or counselor – we all have a job to do.  So, I ask myself the question, “What have I been given to do that I need to see to completion?”  This goes beyond occupation.  We have been given different gifts and talents that extend far beyond the workplace.  I have to pause and reflect sometimes about whether or not everyone sees God in me regardless of setting: work, church, social, sports, dinner, political, etc. Am I using the gifts and talents I have been given?

It is my prayer that God will help me to conceive the vision for His work and that all things will be completed to His satisfaction. I pray that my work will be an imitation of His work – strong, beautiful, graceful and excellent.  I am so very thankful for His clear instruction, divine grace and mercy.  With Him all things are possible.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Philippians 4:13

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Suddenly

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“Thus Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, because of what God had prepared for the people, for it was done suddenly.” 2 Chronicles 29:36  AMP

Hezekiah wasted no time restoring worship in the temple of God. He made quick work of it and carried out the spirit of what God had requested.  It happened “suddenly:” in a little time, with a great deal of ease, and without any opposition. Those that go about the work of God in faith and with resolution will find that it is not as difficult as they imagine. It is a wonderful surprise to see how and when it is accomplished because it defies what they know.

I love how Hezekiah knew in his heart when to dispense with the rules in order to accomplish God’s work. There was no disrespect. It was a matter of necessity to call the Levites in to help the priests administer the sacrifices.  Hezekiah’s heart was turned fully toward God to reconnect  Him to His people. He operated according to the leading of God to accomplish His work. He could see when the rules became an obstacle rather than serving the intended purpose. Hezekiah was more focused on obedience than on rule-minding and performance.  He was all about re-establishing relationship.

Father, help me to trust in You. Help me trust that You will not ask more of me than I am strong enough to handle in You. Father, help me release any fear or anxiety that is holding me back. Help me release it to You and choose You over the familiar. Choose You. It is a choice.  Simply a choice.

2 Chronicles 29, 2 John 1:6, Philippians 1:6, John 17:20-23, Psalm 118: 23
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Work=Worship

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23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossian 3:23-24 NIV

Ninety years ago, Robert Laidlaw published a compelling piece called “The Reason Why” to encourage his staff to partake of a Christian life.  He notes the Hebrew word “avodah” is translated the same for “work” and “worship.” Imagine what our work life would look like if we worshiped our way through the day? What if our efforts were truly to serve Christ every moment of every day?  If all we were concerned about was reflecting the character of God in us? It certainly goes beyond the whistle while you work mentality!

Servant leadership has been popularized in leadership training the last few years. Principles include characteristics such as listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, foresight, stewardship, and commitment to the growth of others. Others would simplify the key components of leadership to trust, compassion, stability, and hope.

All of these characteristics are born of the heart.  We speak what is in our heart.  If our hearts are full of good things, we speak good things.  If our heart is full of fear, greed and insecurity, our words will reflect that as well.

Meditating on God’s word can fill our hearts up with good things.  Love drives out fear. Being secure in our identity as a child of God drives out the need to compare ourselves to others. What do you fill your heart up with?

Father God, I pray I fill my heart up with Your Word, renewing it daily.

Ecclesiastes 5:4, Zechariah 6:15, Proverbs 12:25-26, Matthew 12:34, 15:18; Luke 6:45, Romans 10:8

The Virtuous Woman

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A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”  Proverbs 31:10 NIV

I have to be honest. The description of the Proverbs 31 woman has historically been very daunting for me, even shame producing. Overwhelming at times. I read the words and I get tired even imagining all the tasks outlined. So I prayed about it.

How did the virtuous woman serve others? She:

  • Inspired trust
  • Held her husbands’s heart safe
  • Does what is best for her husband, never being harmful or hurtful
  • Works with delight and selects the best things
  • Selects delicacies to bring home
  • Rises early to prepare food for her family and help
  • Has a plan–she thoughtfully invests in the future
  • Is strong and confident; a hard worker
  • Is successful; she can work into the night
  • Makes/builds things for her family
  • Reaches out to the poor and extends mercy to the needy
  • Makes her beds like royalty
  • Trades goods and services, even internationally
  • Looks forward to the future with strength and dignity
  • Has wise and kind conversations
  • Takes charge of her household and is not lazy

Her husband is a respected leader. Her children and husband praise her; bless her.

As I prayed, I heard the Lord say, “Do not let the virtuous woman scriptures trigger shame in you.” I was so thankful. What I realized is that my mind is my marketplace. That is where I build my trade. It is not a tangible trade. It is more virtual; more technology based. It is a world of work very different from centuries ago. And it is not less valuable…just different.

Father, help me embrace how the virtuous woman is expressed today and in me. I repent for comparison to others. Father, thank you for creating us all uniquely to contribute to the body of Christ. Help me not only embrace my own contributions but also the contributions of others. We are all wonderfully and beautifully made in Your image.

Proverbs 31:10-31, 1 John 5:1

Work

Embed from Getty Images17 Tell Archippus, “Take care that you complete the service you received in the Lord.” Colossians 4:17 The Voice

“23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24 NASB

Work looks a little different for everyone.  Whether an artist, musician, attorney, welder, doctor or counselor – we all have a job to do.  So, I ask myself the question, “What have I been given to do that I need to see to completion?”  This goes beyond occupation.  We have been given different gifts and talents that extend far beyond the workplace.  I have to pause and reflect sometimes about whether or not everyone sees God in me regardless of setting: work, church, social, sports, dinner, political, etc. Am I using the gifts and talents I have been given?

It is my prayer that God will help me to conceive the vision for His work and that all things will be completed to His satisfaction. I pray that my work will be an imitation of His work – strong, beautiful, graceful and excellent.  I am so very thankful for His clear instruction, divine grace and mercy.  With Him all things are possible.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Philippians 4:13

Suddenly

Embed from Getty Images“Thus Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, because of what God had prepared for the people, for it was done suddenly.” 2 Chronicles 29:36  AMP

Hezekiah wasted no time restoring worship in the temple of God. He made quick work of it and carried out the spirit of what God had requested.  It happened “suddenly:” in a little time, with a great deal of ease, and without any opposition. Those that go about the work of God in faith and with resolution find that it is not as difficult as they imagine. It is a wonderful surprise to see how and when it is accomplished because it defies what they know. It is greater and more than they can imagine. It stretches our comprehension of God.

I love how Hezekiah knew in his heart when to dispense with the rules in order to accomplish God’s work. There was no disrespect. It was a matter of necessity to call the Levites in to help the priests administer the sacrifices.  Hezekiah’s heart was turned fully toward God to reconnect  Him to His people. He operated according to the leading of God to accomplish His work. He could see when the rules became an obstacle rather than serving the intended purpose. Hezekiah was more focused on obedience than on rule-minding and performance.  He was all about re-establishing relationship.

Father, help me trust in You. Help me trust that You will not ask more of me than I am strong enough to handle in You; not in my own power, but Yours. Father, help me release any fear or anxiety that is holding me back. Help me release it to You and choose You over the familiar. Choose You. It is a choice.  Simply a choice. Help me embrace the “suddenly” in You.

2 Chronicles 29, 2 John 1:6, Philippians 1:6, John 17:20-23 Psalm 118: 23

Work = Worship

Embed from Getty Images23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossian 3:23-24 NIV

Ninety years ago, Robert Laidlaw published a compelling piece called “The Reason Why” to encourage his staff to partake of a Christian life.  He notes the Hebrew word “avodah” is translated the same for “work” and “worship.” Imagine what our work life would look like if we worshipped our way through the day? What if our efforts were truly to serve Christ every moment of every day?  What if all we were concerned about was reflecting the character of God in us? It certainly goes beyond the whistle while you work mentality!

Servant leadership has been popularized in leadership training the last few years. Principles include characteristics such as listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, foresight, stewardship, and commitment to the growth of others. Others would simplify the key components of leadership to trust, compassion, stability, and hope.

All of these characteristics are born of the heart.  We speak what is in our heart.  If our hearts are full of good things, we speak good things.  If our heart is full of fear, greed and insecurity, our words will reflect that as well.

Meditating on God’s word can fill our hearts up with good things.  Love drives out fear. Being secure in our identity as a child of God drives out the need to compare ourselves to others. What do you fill your heart up with?

Father God, I pray I fill my heart up with Your Word, renewing it daily.

Ecclesiastes 5:4, Zechariah 6:15, Proverbs 12:25-26, Matthew 12:34, 15:18; Luke 6:45, Romans 10:8