Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 29, 2016
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Revelation 22:3-4
My work is so much more than a job. A job to make money. A job to keep me busy. A job to be a productive citizen. A job to provide for my family. My work is worship of Almighty God, my Savior and Lord. The extent of my work as worship is the extent of how I value the Lord, of why I believe what I do is worthwhile. Work is a doxology of what God is up to in my life and in the lives of those I serve. A point to parse: work is not to be worshipped, but to be my worship. If Jesus is the focus of my job—I am focused on His praise. Work as worship—works with God!
John describes our heavenly work experience with no semblance of a curse—while as servants, we serve our Savior, the Lamb of God—Jesus. Dirt was cursed to be laborious toil, because we failed to trust the truth of God and we disobeyed His only command. But in heaven our work is restful and our rest is serving others. The loving face of Christ is what the saints see during their worshipful work. His name on their foreheads is a symbol of a life branded by the Lord. Yes, their wonderful work as worship points all who profess to their witness of being a child of God!
“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship” (Romans 12:1, AMP).
Are you in the right job? If not, don’t spend your life in joyless service. If so, seek to serve out of heartfelt gratitude to God and joy will return to your work. Worship Jesus as you walk around at work with a smile on your face. Worship Jesus with focused intensity, as you seek to solve a problem or support a team member. Worship Jesus with a loud laugh, a quiet thank you or an appropriate prayer over a hurting heart. Worship as you work and work as you worship!
There is a rest from your work that is necessary for a clear mind, healthy emotions, a motivated spirit and an energized body. So rest well on your weekly sabbath and your much needed days off. But don’t miss your opportunity to rest while you work. Yes, you are liberated to labor with added inner stamina, as your work is worship to the Lord. Your brand promise to people is love, because you have been branded by God’s love. Love invigorates. Love revives. Love refreshes. Love rejuvenates. Love gives. Loves serves. Love rests in its work as it worships Jesus as Lord!
“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen” (Romans 1:25).
PrayerHeavenly Father, use the work of my hands as humble worship of You from my heart.
ApplicationWhat are everyday ways I can work as worship to Jesus Christ?
Related ReadingJob 36:24; Psalm 103:22; Joel 2:26; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Hebrews 12:28
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