Love you all, praying for you,
I just love Gods Word, it is a goldmine of best practice. Psalms: 104:13 – He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. God works, He works to sustain, fulfill, and complete. His action is work - His work is creating, watering, and making things grow. The fruit of His work is benefit for others, and as a result of that benefit – people are blessed and satisfied. That’s what work should do. It should build, it should benefit, and it should satisfy. So what work does God have for you today? Your job is a part of it. (If you are a student, school is your job). Once you are in your career - your best second job is always being better at your first job. Operations and Research & Development – two parts of your job. Daily Action that brings a profit, and daily action that prepares for the future, that increases your expertise and capability to deliver greater value in changing times. A second kind of work that God has for you – Stewardship - of the resources and possessions you have been entrusted with. (Steady Plodding, so excellence is the standard, so your fields are weed-free, and your walls are in excellent repair, not broken down) - that happens daily. Building a house, is all out, but maintaining it is daily – little by little. You build a house once, you maintain it from then on. Stewardship is also knowing the condition of your flock To know where God’s money is, so you can do what He tells you to do with it. Give, Save and Spend – at His direction – so He gets the glory – and your supply never runs out. What other work are you called to today? Prayer – Prayer is labor in the Spirit so the power of heaven impacts earth. Prayer, the labor that glorifies God in adoration, that gets His will and His plans for you, and that partners with God by petition on behalf of others. Paul gave Epaphras as an example. Colossians 4:12 – Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, always laboring fervently for you in prayer, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. Prayer is a labor that brings result and reward. What other kind of work does God have for you? Train – Train up your children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. If you have children, your job is to train them. To instruct, demonstrate, and be with them while they do it, until they become skilled and capable. Your workday includes the work of training. Even if you have no children, you can train others – in the skills God has given you, or at least encourage them in excellence. Another kind of work – Study. God said, Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. Study His Word – it takes work – but it will give you discernment, it will guarantee your success, it will help you be effective in every area of your life. Study His Word, you’ll know His ways, and the way He has chosen for you – it’s work that God approves, that improves you. Another part of work – is to Serve. To labor for the benefit of others, for their good, not your own compensation. It’s what Jesus did, it’s what God calls us to - Serve. God works, God’s work is watering and building. Wisdom is what He works by. We are created to work, to water and build. So there is fruit to our labor, to benefit others, to bring satisfaction and enjoyment. (All of God’s created things have a purpose, they know their job and do it. The moon sets the seasons, the sun knows when to go down (the earth knows to turn on its access and never ceases to do so.) Darkness comes every twenty-four hours on schedule, night life begins, only to cease when men get up in the morning, to start their labor. So do you work? Do you work hard? What kind of work do you do? Are you doing the work that God has for you? Or the work you want to do? Some people work hard, but don’t steward well, Some people spent time working on all kinds of other things, but aren’t really focused on their job. Some people work their tails off, but don’t have time for prayer – so they miss out on God’s direction, and don’t have time to study – so they’re just working for nothing, slaving away with a dull axe. Some people are so busy working to provide for their kids, that they neglect taking time to train them – the thing they need the most. Not toys, training – so they will succeed in the plans God has for them! And many people work hard, but work for themselves… Serving is just not a priority – they don’t have any time to work, if it doesn’t give them a paycheck. Praying that work will be a joy for you. God created work for you to take joy in, for your benefit, for your satisfaction, and the benefit of others. Praying that your work will be at His direction and will reflect the God you serve. That you will take joy in what He told you to do today. That your job, your possessions, your prayer, training your children and others, your study of His Word, and your willingness to Serve – would produce the benefit and satisfaction that God intends. So He gets the glory and you get the blessing down here, and eternal reward up there!
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!