Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Eph 6:7-8
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Col 3:23-24
Happy Monday everyone! As we begin the work week, I’m sure that many of you feel the same way when I say that sometimes work isn’t that fun. You’re in the minority if you actually have your dream job- the “job I would choose to do if money weren’t a factor”. We all have that dream position in our minds.
As we begin this work week, I just wanted to encourage you that whether you’re in a job that you feel like the Lord has called you to or not, He still calls you to serve wholeheartedly there. This same concept applies even if you’re a stay-at-home parent, a student in school, or are searching for employment right now. Your “job” for the day and how you carry it out, is still an act of worship to the Lord. We’re to work and live as if we’re serving the Lord in everything, looking for opportunities where we can carry out His greatest commandments (love God, love others) and taking part in the Great Commission (spread the Gospel).
And we are to do these joyfully by functioning in the fruit of the Holy Spirit that brings us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Gal. 5:22-23). You will truly know you are functioning in the Spirit, when even in the roughest and toughest days you find yourself still naturally resting in His peace and celebrating in His goodness!
Here are a few practical ways that I try to carry out this call from the Lord each day. I’m not saying that any of these are right or wrong, but it’s just what I personally do that may give you ideas to try out as you discern God’s calling each day:
- Loving God – An aspect of loving God is centering each part of your day around Him. I use the term “centering” loosely- I just mean making Him the reason, driving-force, and focus in everything you do. Living for Him. Every thought and every action we take. Every word we speak and every interaction we have. Constantly walking with Him throughout your day, praising Him for the blessings and praying to Him when we face difficulties. Maintaining that on-going love relationship and stream of communication with Him through all of the ups and downs, and striving to glorify Him throughout (1 Thes. 5:16-18).
- Loving Others – Looking at each interaction you have as an opportunity to share God’s love. Being intentional in kindness and gentleness as you work with or deal with others. Seeing others as a unique creation of God who deserves just as much love and respect as you do, and who deserves to know the truth about His love for them. Seeing others through God’s eyes, and treating them in a way that glorifies Him and honors His image that He’s shaped them from (Gen 1:27).
- Spreading the Gospel – Many people are afraid of this one. What you have to realize is that this doesn’t necessarily mean that you go out to your workplace or daily activities on a mission to verbally preach the Gospel everywhere you go with fire and brimstone. We all have our part in the Great Commission (making disciples of Christ, baptizing, teaching), and we are all called to be a witness for Christ purely in the way we live our lives. Start by simply taking the time to build strong relationships with co-workers, classmates, and neighbors through loving them, and opportunities to be a witness to God’s faithfulness in your life will naturally present themselves. For those who are parents, you already have a built-in discipleship opportunity to raise your children in the ways of the Lord. Don’t think that the Great Commission means you have to walk out on the street with a big sign saying “Repent now! Jesus is coming!”. Although that may be part of the overall message, God has given us creativity, sensibility, and wisdom as to HOW we can spread the Gospel in love to those who God puts in our path. For those people who God has put that burning desire in your heart to share with, ask and pray for the Spirit’s leading and wisdom as how to best do so (James 1:5). Your personal testimony of how God is working in your life is a powerful message, and we all know our own testimonies so there’s no reason to over-analyze or over-strategize things. Thinking about it too hard will only lead idleness and stagnation. Use the tools He’s already given you and just go out and love on people… let the light of Jesus shine through you!
These are just a few of the ways that I approach every day as I wake up and ask the Lord what He’d like me to accomplish within that day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obviously flawed beyond belief, am far from perfect, and I unfortunately come up short in every one of these areas; but what I can say is that my heart truly desires to do these things. Praise God that He is so gracious and merciful in my weakness, because Lord knows that I need every ounce of grace He gives me!
My prayer for us today is that God would ignite a desire in each of us to love Him first and foremost, then to love others and take part in the Great Commission. Centering our life around Christ shouldn’t be as intimidating as we make it out to be.
If you truly have the desire, then start out by taking small steps; earnestly pray for Him to enable you and see how He responds. I promise you He will if you are genuinely asking. And for those of you who are mature in their walk with God already, you already know your calling in life… so just go out and do it. 🙂
Let’s make a commitment to live each day in Jesus’ name!
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
[From November 9, 2015]