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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: Work Works When We Work With God.
By Fenny West
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The ground yielded as it should until the fall of man. The ground was then cursed and it failed to yield as it should.(Gen.3;17-19,-4:12) NIV
But is all activity work? Definitely not!
Work must be useful and purposeful and ordained That is why we must first of all find out the purpose for our being and tailor our work in that direction. Unless we are doing what we are called to do, any work would be drooping and crippling with fatigue, mere labour, a meaningless toil; even when there is fruit emanating from it.
Jesus knew why He came. He did not just do what people wanted Him to do. He told his parents ĎDonít you know I am about my Fatherís business?í(Luke 2:49, Rom8:28) KJV
Often we engage in some type of work because it is popular, the fad of the day or are coerced by our family or friends to do them. Should this be the case? In my opinion it should not be unless it is a temporary work and we know it is a stepping stone to what we are called to do.
Admittedly we may not always know from the onset if what we are doing is our primary calling or ancillary to it. Often God may put us in areas totally foreign to our calling on the face of it, to train us for what He has in store for us. This is why we find David looking after sheep before being a shepherd of Godís people. The same can be said of Moses after he ran ahead of God. God had to send him to look after sheep until all his strength and self confidence were gone.(1Sam16:8-11, Ex.3:1)
Work can be abused. We work to live and not live to work. It must be put in perspective and balanced with rest and family time. Jesus recognised the need for rest. (Mark6:31)Many a home has been torn apart because work took first place- the place of God or the family. Even ministry must not take the place of God who ordained our ministry in the first place. We are co-workers with Him and he must continue to drive and direct our ministry. (Ephe2:10) Our service outside of His direction is as good as useless. This was why the disciples started worshipping Him in prayer and fasting before He spoke in a prophecy and commissioned Paul and Barnabas for the work of the ministry.(Acts13:1-2)
We must always work with the Lord and not sideline Him or take Him for granted.
Moses was told to speak to the rock but he decided to strike the rock as he was used to doing. . Water came out but he did the wrong thing. This is why it is essential to be doing commanded work. (Ex17:6, Num.20:11-12)
We need to work hard and smart by making the best opportunity that God brings our way. And we can do this if we are able to understand the seasons of our lives and maximize the moment of momentum that God bring into our lives. If you look through your life you will agree with me that there are moments when it is as if there is a second wind of the Spirit granted to you and you do things effortlessly. When we harness such times like the eagle, acknowledging the Lord and working with Him it is amazing what we can accomplish with the Holy Spirit.
We are all unique and have unique contributions to make. God has a work for each one of us and unless we are operating in that area of our calling, the Body will be impoverished for lack of our contribution. (1Cor12:7,12, Ephe2:21, Ephe4:11-13,16)
What type of work?
God is interested in every type of work we are involved in Ė circular or spiritual. As long as we belong to Him we need to involve Him in all of our activities.
So, lets work with Him to make work, work.
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