The Best Job in the World
“If you like what you do, you’ll never have to work…” Those were the wise words of my dad the day I was preparing to enter my first day of work at the CBN offices in Costa Rica. And when I think about it, my father was referring to the attitude that I should have in the face of any task that was going to be assigned to me, whether it seemed pleasant or not. The type of work to be done should not be an issue, but rather my heart in going about it.
We all dream of an ideal job where we get paid for doing what we love, where we have fun every day, have good colleagues, a good salary, and we do not feel like it is a burden or an obligation. But the reality is that for most people it is the opposite—a job that seems more like hard labor, because they must support their home no matter what.
Although we cannot always change jobs, we decide what attitude to take. We can see work and the circumstances of life as a burden; or we can decide to see it as a blessing from our heavenly Father, one that allows us to get closer to Him.
Romans 8:15 reminds us of what we have received from God:
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (ESV).
Thank God we have His Spirit — one that makes us part of His family. One that allows us to change our way of living, if not our standard or circumstances of living. We live not in bondage or fear, but in the closeness and love of God.
And just like my dad counseled me about what my attitude should be even when I don’t have the best job in the world, God also gives us clues on how to do our best every day, whether as housewives, carpenters, salesmen, police officers, doctors or students. It applies to everyone:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24).
When we do it from the heart we go far: As small as a task may seem, the impact can be bigger and more important than what you may see. On one occasion, we shared some cookies and juice in a children’s kitchen that partners with CBN and Orphan’s Promise in Costa Rica. At first glance, it did not seem like the most important job. However, we found out later that those little treats were the answer to the prayer of a child who had not eaten them for a long time and that simple gesture allowed him to experience the truth that God listens to him and cares about him.
The true reward comes from the Lord: Sometimes we think that salary is the most important thing, when in reality it is only a tool. We must remember that we are more than our work and more than a salary, our value and identity is not in what we do, but in Him who created us, in God, the one we can call Father.
The way we work will show not only the quality of what we do, but whose children we are. So, pray that in everything you do, big or small, those around you can see your heavenly Father at work.
Do you find yourself burdened down by the tasks of life? Pray with me, that God would lift your feelings and thoughts and help you to see His hand at work in your life; your reward is with Him!
2 Chronicles 12:12,14 12Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the LORD’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some good in Judah…
14He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.
We all have an immediate testimony and a life testimony. At this point, near the end of Rehoboam’s life, he had a good testimony. It took being conquered and nearly destroyed to turn him from pride to humility, but at least he turned in the right direction unlike some of the kings that followed him. This was really the spiritual high point of his life. We can only guess what Israel would have been like had he served the LORD all his life, following the example of his grandfather David.
From this point forward, the kings will have one of two epitaphs. They have this one that Rehoboam had of doing evil and not setting his heart on seeking the LORD or one of walking in the path of King David. In the north they were likened to Jeroboam who led the nation into idolatry. It was black and white. The testimony of our life is good or evil. It has to do with where we have set our heart. Where is your compass pointed? On what tower have you leaned your life’s ladder?
Rehoboam had set his course for greed and self-fulfillment early on and stayed with that coarse almost to the end. Only disaster and the threat of destruction would turn him at the end of his life. What will it take to turn you? If you are set on self and not your Creator, you will have the same epitaph as Rehoboam.
Consider: The sooner you turn and set your heart upon God, the more likely your life’s testimony will be changed.
My Grace IS Sufficient – Streams in the Desert – August 5
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It had pleased God to remove my youngest child under circumstances of peculiar trial and pain; and as I had just laid my little one’s body in the churchyard, on return home, I felt it my duty to preach to my people on the meaning of trial.
Finding that this text was in the lesson for the following Sabbath, I chose it as my Master’s message to them and myself; but on trying to prepare the notes, I found that in honesty I could not say that the words were true; and therefore I knelt down and asked God to let His grace be sufficient for me. While I was thus pleading, I opened my eyes and saw a framed illuminated text, which my mother had given me only a few days before, and which I had told my servant to place upon the wall during my absence at the holiday resort where my little one was taken away from us. I did not notice the words on returning to my house; but as I looked up and wiped my eyes, the words met my gaze, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”
The “is” was picked out in bright green while the “My” and the “thee” were painted in another color. In one moment the message came straight to my soul, as a rebuke for offering such a prayer as, “Lord, let Thy grace be sufficient for me”; for the answer was almost as an audible voice, “How dare you ask that which is?”
God cannot make it any more sufficient than He has made it; get up and believe it, and you will find it true, because the Lord says it in the simplest way: “My grace is (not shall be or may be) sufficient for thee.” “My,” “is,” and “thee” were from that moment, I hope, indelibly fixed upon my heart; and I (thank God) have been trying to live in the reality of the message from that day forward to the present time.
The lesson that came to me, and which I seek to convey to others, is, Never turn God’s facts into hopes, or prayers, but simply use them as realities, and you will find them powerful as you believe them.
–Prebendary H. W. Webb
“Get Behind Me, Satan”
Evan Heerema author, Today Devotions
SCRIPTURE READING — MATTHEW 16:21-28
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!” . . . You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
The words of Jesus to Peter here came soon after the faith-filled profession Peter had made when he said to Jesus, “You are the Messiah” (Matt. 16:16). Jesus was now teaching his disciples that he had come to suffer, be killed, and rise again. He would offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Hearing that, Peter rebuked Jesus, saying, “Never, Lord! . . . This shall never happen to you!” So Jesus called Peter out and revealed that he had missed the main point of Jesus’ mission. From a human standpoint we can sympathize with Peter. We too would likely be shocked to hear that Jesus had come to suffer and die in order to rise again and give us new, abundant life.
Today, though, we know how important it is to discern truth from lies, listening for God’s Word rather than listening to the lies of false religions and false teachers around us—don’t we? It should be clear to us that it takes effort and perseverance to prepare ourselves to discern properly.
So until Jesus returns to make all things new, we must read the Bible and listen to Jesus, who died because he loved us, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven to make his abundant life available for all who believe in him. Trust the truth, the way, and the life.
Risen and ascended Lord, you are the Messiah, and I confess that my actions and words do not always confirm that. Give me the strength and courage to stand up for you always. Amen.