Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bring Things Back Into Focus

Colossians 3:17;22-25  (17) That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through him to God the Father.  (18) Wives, subject yourselves to your husbands, as is appropriate in the Lord...(22) Slaves, obey your human masters in everything, not serving only when they are watching you, to win their favor, but single-heartedly, fearing the Lord. (23) Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord. (24) Remember that as your reward, you will receive the inheritance from the Lord. You are slaving for the Lord, for the Messiah. (25) Don’t worry — whoever is doing wrong will be paid in kind for his wrong, and there is no favoritism shown.

Who says that waking up in the morning to hit the grind of work is easy?  For those who are fortunate enough to have gainful employment, we can get use to the same routine of waking up Monday through Friday to go to the same job to do the same functions to only have two days off.  Wash. Rinse. Repeat.  I know how it feels because this is me.

Over the past few years, I have some how lost my focus for who it is that I labor.  As a man, we tend to focus on providing for our families.  We want to make sure there is a roof over their heads, food is on the table, the heat and lights are on and that everyone is happy.   Women who work can fall victim to the same things as well.  See, it is a dangerous trap to place the labor we do as a secondary means to provide in a fleshly manner for the household.  Some where along the way, we forget that God provided the job.  We gave Him thanks when it first came along and then some time down the road it turned into something we just shrug and assume it will always be there.

This morning, I want to challenge you to change your focus.  In Colossians, Paul tells us to work as we work for the Lord and not for man.  We are to do the work that we do as if we are walking into the Lords office every morning.  If you had to swipe your security card with Jesus every day as you walked through the building, how would that change your attitude?  I suspect a lot!  As such, let's remember in all that we do and say, we do it unto the Lord.  No matter what happens at work.  No matter how good or bad you may think you have it, do your tasks as given to you and work it all out for the Lord!

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Have a great day folks!

Antoine E. Hall

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." - James 1:22

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