TUESDAY, JULY 16
“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.”
Proverbs 18:9 (ESV)
“Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”
Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
OPTIMIZE MY WORK: WHY WITH ENTHUSIASM
A rich executive announced to his church one morning that he was going to give up all he owned so that he had to depend on his faith in God for everything he needed. He sold everything, gave it to the poor, and moved into a rented home down on the bad side of town. That first night, he prayed that God would furnish him with some food. The next morning, he went outside on the porch and there was no food. That night, he again prayed for food. The next morning…nothing. The 3rd night, he prayed again, saying, “Lord, if you do not feed me, I will surely die of starvation.” The next morning…nothing. Then, in a near panic brought on by hunger, he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, I have put my faith in you on the line. Why are you ignoring me like this?” In the quietness of that rented house, he heard the Lord tell him that his prayers had been answered, but he was not looking at the answer. The Lord told him to go back out on the porch, which he did. Then, the Lord told him to look up! A large sign on the building across the road, in bold letters, said, “WORKERS WANTED — LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.” (Bruce Bell)
We need to not only have faith that God will provide, but we need to be aware of how He wants to provide. James 2:17 says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” God made man from the very beginning to work as a way of taking care of creation and of each other. Yesterday we discussed how God shaped us with a work plan in mind. If I have faith in God I also am committed to His plan of work for my life. This faith turns into a God honoring work ethic.
While attending seminary, I (Larry) worked part time on a golf course maintenance crew. Previous seminary students had a terrible reputation with the crew for being lazy. This was one of my first lessons in seminary that it didn’t matter how much bible I knew if I wasn’t going to represent Christ well everywhere. And I really asked God to help me demonstrate the love of Christ through my effort on that maintenance crew. What would your coworkers or classmates say about your work ethic? Have you had examples where your work ethic reflected positively or negatively on your faith? Ask God to let your faith be reflected in your work.