Love you all, praying for you.
So glad to be back, taking the next steps as God leads. Looking forward to all the good that He has for you! God put something on my heart.
How will you work today? How will you work this week? We were made in God’s image – so we were created to reflect God on earth. Everything He does is excellent. We were created to worship – even though the rocks and trees cry out – they cannot replace your voice. But we were also created to work.
Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Work is a part of what we were created for. To tend. To produce. To steward the earth under the authority of Jesus Christ. So how do you work? When you’re young, your work is school, and the skill God has told you to develop (sling and harp). When you are older it’s a job, a company, a business, maybe at home with children for a season, but a work responsibility that God has given you. What is your habit and reputation in that which God has assigned you to tend and produce in – in this season of your life?
Daniel 6:4-6 At this the administrators and satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
Wow. His work record was impeccable! Without grounds for accusation. He was trustworthy, not corrupt or negligent.
Corrupt: Anything done to benefit yourself and not others (or at the expense of others). Anything less than pure of heart or motive, ethics or morals. (He didn’t steal, cheat, lie, or self-promote) Negligent: Any effort less than what is needed or required. Not seeking God’s plan and God’s way. Not keeping an account. (Daniel was fully responsible, diligent in planning and executing every one of his responsibilities, not late, lazy or neglectful.) He was trustworthy at work – diligent.
Proverbs 22:29 - Do you see a man diligent in his work? He will stand before kings, he will not stand before obscure men.
Nehemiah was cheerful, prepared, and diligent… Trustworthy.
Nehemiah 2:1 … I had not been sad in his presence before…
Nehemiah’s work attitude was excellent. Even as a captive in a foreign land, he always chose a cheerful look at work. He served with joy in the task God had for him in this season. One day the King noticed he was downcast and asked him why? Nehemiah was prepared – he had his 30-second elevator speech ready. He had already prayed about this and sought the LORD.
“How can I be happy when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed with fire.” Immediately, instead of firing him, or putting him to death, the King asked, “What do you want?” And Nehemiah was ready. Nehemiah prayed to God for help, and then told the king exactly what he needed. He had already done the math, he had prepared for the big meeting in advance. (Due diligence) He stated specifically his goal (build the wall), the cost, what he needed in money, supplies, human resources, even an armed guard, and legal due diligence – letters to the surrounding governors stating his authority from the king.
He gained the trust of the people of Jerusalem. He stopped the corrupt practices of the local governors before him. He didn’t take advantage of the people under him. He overcame incredible odds from ridicule at first to physical attack. He worked his butt off, even had the people work with sword in one hand and shovel in the other. He finished the wall in 52 days. And at the time he promised, he returned to the King of Persia. That’s a guy you would hire! That’s the kind of worker who honors God and his boss in the workplace.
David served his boss with excellence. Even a terrible boss, he never dishonored or tried to displace him, even though he knew God had chosen him to be king. He left the timing in God’s hands. He honored his boss (realizing God put him there) all the days Saul live, and even after his death.
Joseph was diligent in all his work! Whether a slave, a manager, a prisoner, or over an entire nation, he worked with all diligence – he added value everywhere he went. He honored and prospered every boss he ever had. He brought them gain, he refused to steal, cheat or dishonor God or his boss in any way. He ran from sin! He was completely trustworthy at work. And God blessed everything he touched!
Genesis 38:2… The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered… when his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes.. and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and all that he owned, the LORD blessed the house of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.
Praying for you all, that your work record will be impeccable, above reproach, above accusation, neither corrupt nor negligent. That your attitude would be fully joyful, that you would be honoring, wise, and advanced in preparation, clear in communication, fully diligent – completely bless-able! Praying that God would put a Daniel, Nehemiah, and Joseph blessing on all the work of your hands… on you, your household, and every company you work for, or organization you serve. So that God will receive all glory,
Love you all,
About This BLOG
Daily Huddle -