Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: Work for it
By Andrew Curtis
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I work to pay bills and buy food. My livelihood depends on my job. If I donít go to work, I wonít eat or have a house. My security though, doesnít rest in my job; it rests in God. Although I work to live, I donít live to work. My job is just that, a job, not a career. I donít dread it but Iíd rather be doing my dream job. Do I feel the same thing about the work I do for God; do I even do work for God?
My mornings consist of several cups of coffee and some quality time with God. I have to work at it, it doesnít just come naturally. At times it seems like too much work. I turn my life over Him and ask Him to keep me safe and in His will. Asking is only the first part; living it is where the real work comes in.
Each day brings new adventures and trials. How I deal with them is how others may see me. If I react with vengeance or a retaliatory heart, I am not carrying the message of God. A loving and compassionate response shows that I am trying to carry Godís message. It shows me that I am willing and able to change my attitude.
Hard work is just that, hard work. If something takes hard work the payoff is usually amazing. If something comes too easily, I may not take the time to enjoy it. If I try and do Godís job halfway, it is like a patch job. It only covers the blemish on the surface. I will have to keep patching up that spot until I decide to it right and complete.
How do I know if Iím doing Godís work or my own? I can simply ask Him. He wants me to ask Him. Heís there to help me do His work. Everything I do is a work for God. If I help someone change a tire, repair their car of just listen, I am doing part of Godís work. When I do His work to the best of my ability my life will have a meaningful purpose. If I am full of selfishness and anger, my purpose and humanity is diminished.
My works do not get me into Heaven, Godís grace does that. I donít have to work for His grace either. It is given to me by believing in my Savior Jesus Christ. The only thing I have to work at is making my life match His will for me. This takes work, but I am ready and willing to work for it.
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