Posts Tagged ‘work’

  

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done.” (Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬ NLT)

When Joseph Schmidt came to Seabury Hall Prep School in Hawaii, looking for a challenge, he got just that, weathering financial hardships, empowering the student body, rounding up support for large capital improvement projects and transforming the school into what it is today. Twenty years later and heading into retirement, the 65-year-old California native has raised over $55 million to build a new upper and middle school classroom complex, eliminated its debt, increased its financial aid budget from $450,000 to more than $1 million, and doubled the size of the campus to about 65 acres! A job well done indeed!

Each one of us has the potential to do wonderful things with our lives. It’s simply a matter of doing it. By applying biblical principles, like today’s text, we position ourselves into a place where God can lead and bless our work. It’s His desire to do so!

Whatever your job or efforts are this week, whether building a company or wrangling grandkids, do it with love, pride, excellence, and for God’s glory! Seize your opportunities and feel good about it! You are loved and blessed today! 

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“Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

Last April, Mary Beth Sammons lost her job as a vice president for an Internet company where she made about $110,000 working 50 hours a week. Today, Sammons works more than 60 hours a week at two jobs — one at a preparatory high school and another for an online magazine — and is barely making $50,000. While Sammons, 52, would rather be working one job, as a single mother, with one child in college and another kid heading there, she said, “I take work wherever I can get it.”

Sacrifice suggests an action that must take place regardless of will or even against our preferred desire. As Christians, there are often times when we must sacrifice personal desire in order to achieve God’s desire for us. The hardest part is denying personal wants of the immediate, even though we know that God’s eventual accomplished plan works out even better for us. What must happen must happen. 

Be a person of sacrifice for what is right. Whether family or spiritual, some goals are definitely worth it. Do what you’ve got to do and you’ll see what you need to see! You are loved today! 

  

“As each part does its own special work…the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)

While Queen Victoria’s status as the first known carrier of hemophilia is well documented, few realize just how devastating the spread of her genes were on the next three generations that followed her. A son, three grandsons, and four great-grandsons were all sufferers, most of whom bled to death. Since her children eventually married into other politically important wealthy bloodlines, Queen Victoria’s genes weakened the royal houses of England, Russia, Spain, and Prussia.

According to our text, the spiritual body of the Church is healthy when everyone is doing there part. So what happens if we don’t? Then not only is the Church and its people in danger of becoming unhealthy, but future generations of the Church also stand the chance of inheriting this destructive state since both activity and inactivity are learned behaviors. 

As Christians, we are made to know God and to make Him known. By doing the Christ Life right, we can prevent a spiritual equivalent of Victoria’s hereditary torment. Live right so that the future Church lives! You are loved! 

  

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ NLT)

If you play tennis, the name Andre Agassi needs no introduction. Although he’s been retired for a while, he was the superstar extraordinaire of the courts. But did you know he actually hated the game?! In his own autobiography, he revealed, “I play tennis for a living even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have.”

Everyone hates their job at some point or level. But what about the active Christian? Burnout is actually a common problem among those that carry the Cross. But burnout stems from a deeper problem: by relying on one’s own strength instead of a strength born exclusively from the intimate relationship with the God of our Calling and Equipping. Unplug from the source and you will never make it!

Our Bible verse tells us that it is God who gives you the “know how” and the “want to” in order to serve Him. By allowing Him to minister through you, He brings the success He wants while providing the joy you desire. Let God prevent burnout by doing the work instead! You are loved! 

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Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, ‘Are you also going to leave?'” (John‬ ‭6‬:‭67‬ NLT)

According to Pastoral Care Inc., the American Church is hemorrhaging. Every day, an estimated 3,500 people walk away from the Church. Follow that up with the sobering fact that every month, over 300 churches will close their doors for the last time and 1,700 ministers will walk away from the pulpit, never to return. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that without intervention, we could be in real trouble!

In John 6:66, Jesus encountered His own falling away of followers. When He asked His disciples this question, He was needing to know who he could count on. Jesus is the Chief Architect of the Church and He is busy constructing new lives! It’s not a matter of Jesus’ commitment, but ours. Are we willing to endure the work and pain in order to see lives changed?

Don’t misunderstand this devotion: Jesus is building a strong Church that will prevail and not be destroyed! The question is who will stand their ground when our world and the prevailing morals of our societies frown on holiness and the authority of God’s Word? Make your stand strong with Jesus! Live an uncompromising life that He can build His Church on! You are loved today!

Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.” (Luke 23:56 NLT)

Easter time is always a hectic time for us Pastors. You worry about whether you’ll get everything done in time. For me, it’s contacting newspapers & advertisement posters, getting the Palm Sunday illustrated message & songs together, coordinating with the neighbor church to raise candy to stuff thousands of eggs, planning the days, securing sites… You get the idea.

When Jesus died, nothing else mattered but getting Him buried with the dignity He didn’t have in His death. But when sunset and the Sabbath beat them, all the women could do was sit. And wait. And think. Life has those moments where it comes screeching to a halt and nothing else matters but just getting into God’s presence.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. As you plan to go to Church tomorrow, and you should, come ready to set everything else aside for a moment and simply sit. And listen. And relax. Because, Life is not about the hustle of accomplishment, but the drawing near to the Life-Giver! Find your time with Jesus! You are loved!

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Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)

Last night, my family and I got to see a college theatrical performance of “Guys & Dolls”, complete with exquisite backdrops and a live orchestra. Wow! I was blown away by how professional it was done. You could tell these students had put a lot of time and effort into it, and performed with so much heart.

In your local church, how involved do you get in it’s operations and activities? It takes on average 30 people doing a single job to produce a Sunday morning service. What about special events or outreaches? If it’s the same 6 people doin all the work, you’ll eventually lose what you have.

The enthusiasm that the students had for a show that would last one week should be the same enthusiasm we put into the church every week! It’s easy to complain about what you’re not involved in! Get involved with all you have! All the effort makes an eternal difference! You are loved today!

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