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.
DEVOTION – AUGUST 18, 2019
I have been involved in church work and ministry for almost eighteen years here at Crossings. Church work has been such a blessing, but I’m aware that it is very easy for me to let the physical daily work take priority over ministry. God constantly reminds me not to let my work for the Lord get in the way of my ministry for the Lord.
It’s a challenge to strike a healthy balance.
One of my favorite reads is a small book called The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, a “lay brother” who lived in a Carmelite Monastery in the 1600s. Brother Lawrence learned that the “time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen–with several people asking questions at the same time–or on his knees in prayer.”
In his book, he also stated, “My God, since You are with me and since, by Your will, I must occupy myself with external things, please grant me the grace to remain with You, in Your presence. Work with me, so that my work might be the very best. Receive as an offering of love both my work and all my affections.”
When I’m feeling anxious and overwhelmed with the responsibilities of work, the verses in Colossians remind me of why I’m doing what I’m doing and how I should do it.
I’m also learning to practice the presence of God at work and in the daily tasks of day-to-day life.
What is work for you?
Thank you for the privilege of work. Help us to continually be in your presence and in conversation with you, in our daily tasks as well as our quiet times of prayer and meditation.
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