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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 24 – On the Job

Work for God

Procrastination is one of Satan’s favorite things. He loves for God’s kids to procrastinate. To relax. To get comfortable. To lose all sight of urgency.

I’m not just talking about reaching the lost or finally having a heart-to-heart with that person God laid on your heart a month ago, although that is part of it.

I’m talking about working in the mundane, every day, seemingly meaningless tasks. The ones you don’t love but have a responsibility to do. 

Satan loves for you to put off doing those things so you will be distracted and focus on something else, when God has called you to complete the task at hand.

For example, transcribing has become that for me on the job. I adore my job and am so thankful to work in a completely Christ-centered environment, but transcribing–whether it be sermons or interviews–has become a chore. Therefore, when I’m transcribing it doesn’t take much for me to get distracted and start doing something else when I should be focusing on accomplishing the present goal.

Why is it so easy to procrastinate on the job?

1. WE DON’T REALIZE WHO WE’RE WORKING FOR

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

If we truly realized our boss was not just some person–one we may or may not like–sitting in a bigger office than ours, but was the Lord Jesus Christ, would we work differently?

2. WE DON’T REALIZE THE BIGGER IMPLICATIONS

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 ESV)

God, through the provision of our job, has set before us a task. Maybe we like it, maybe we don’t, but it’s been given to us by the Father to make much of Him through it.

  • IMG_3806By the way you work, do you demonstrate to your coworkers, management and Satan a different work ethic than the world?
  • Do you work for a cause (Christ’s glory) or for applause from men?
  • Do you work diligently, excellently and purposefully, thereby demonstrating how God works diligently, excellently and purposefully at all things?

“…let your light shine…”

May the beauty of Christ radiate through our work ethic so that others may see our good works and glorify God. May we work in such a way that it causes others to stop and stare, racking their brains to figure out why we labor the way we do. Then let their wondering end at the foot of the cross. For it is for Him–the One who sacrificed it all–we work.

This is my prayer for us as believers. May it be so.

“For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 ESV)

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 24 – On the Job

  1. CL Mareydt says:

    Beautiful & inspirational blog .. thank you for sharing …

    1. Thank you! I hope you are pushed toward the Lord.

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