Work of Faith, Labor of Love, Enduring Hope

1 Thessalonians 1:3We continually remember before our God your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Work, labor and endurance, without faith, love and hope are meaningless and unfulfilling.

My Advice – Make sure you give your life to a purpose you love, that increases your faith, and that leaves you with hope.

Wholehearted Servitude

Ephesians 6:5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Today, it is not uncommon to do as little as possible to earn the paycheck. To not respect our employers. To take advantage when we can. To work hard when being watched, but slack off when we are not. God calls us to a much higher standard – not like we were doing it for ourselves, but as if we were doing it for Christ.

My Advice – Earn the trust and respect of your employer. In so doing, you will also earn the respect and trust of God.

Burden Bearers

Galatians 6:1Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – And what is the law of Christ? Love God with all our heart, soul and might and love our neighbors as ourselves.

My Advice – Burdens are easier to bear when there is someone to help. Help others with theirs. God will certainly send someone to help you with yours when it is needed. It very well could be someone you helped previously, helping you because you helped them.

Pleasing Service

Galatians 1:10If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We must be careful in trying to please man, because what the world wants is usually at odds with what God wants. We cannot serve God if we serve the world.

My Advice – In your job, you will have to try and please man (your boss, your client). Just make sure that it also pleases God. If not, do not do it.

Who Would You Become?

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2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)

“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster

My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly.  It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.

My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.

 

Leaving All, Receiving Many Times As Much

Luke 18:28-30Peter said to Him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and in the age to come, eternal life.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Few have to make these kinds of sacrifices for God, but when they do, it is a comfort to know that they will receive back many times over.

My Advice – Do not fret over things sacrificed for God. After all, they were only temporary anyway.

Faithful in Few

Matthew 25:5 – “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We all want to do great things for God. So much so, that we have a tendency to neglect the small things. God measures by how faithful we are to the task, not by how big the task is.

My Advice – Pay attention to and do not neglect the “small” things of God. You are not ready for the big things until you’ve been faithful in the small things.