Laboring in Vain
Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal. - John 6:27
Everyday we go to work to slave away at jobs that oftentimes depresses us and stresses us out. But, when we have to help with work at church we just don't have the time or it conflicts with something else. We give work our all and leave the scraps for the Lord.
Change this now. Give God your all and everything at work, etc will all fall into place. God gives us more than we deserve and more than we give back because he loves us and we are His children. But it is time for us to give back. To give back even a small portion of our time and our abilities. You don't have the time. Make time.
What if God decides to be like us and says I don't have the time for you. You don't want that to happen.
So, as you go through the day, make time to thank God for waking you up this morning, for allowing you to arrive to work safely, for giving you the strength to put up with the people at work. Just make time for God, help to build his kingdom. Don't let people you could have saved perish because you didn't have the time.
Giving Your Thanks to the Creator
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
As believing Christians, we are blessed beyond measure. God sent His only Son to die for our sins. And, God has given us the priceless gifts of eternal love and eternal life. We, in turn, are instructed to approach our Heavenly Father with reverence and thanksgiving. But, as busy people we often get caught up in the inevitable demands of everyday life. So, we sometimes fail to pause and thank our Creator for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon us.
When we slow down and express our gratitude to the One who made us, we enrich our own lives and lives of our loved ones. Thanksgiving should become a habit, a regular part of our daily routines. Yes, God has blessed us beyond measure, and we owe Him everything, including our eternal praise.
What Now, Lord?
For we are His making, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10 HCSB
God has things He wants you to do and places He wants you to go. The most important decision of your life is, of course, your commitment to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. And, once your eternal destiny is secured, you will undoubtedly ask yourself the question "What now, Lord?" If you earnestly seek God's will for your life, you will find it ... in time.
So prayerfully consider what God's path is for your life. Study His Word and be ever watchful for His signs. Associate with fellow believers who will encourage your spiritual growth, and listen to that inner voice that speaks to you in the quiet moments of your daily devotionals.
Rest assured: God is here, and He intends to use you in wonderful, unexpected ways. He desires to lead you along a path of His choosing. Not yours, His. Your challenge is to watch, to listen... and to follow.
A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. - Proverbs 16:9 HCSB
Sometimes, we must accept life on its terms, not our own. Life has a way of unfolding, not as we will, but as it will. And sometimes, there is precious little we can do to change things.
When events transpire that are beyond our control, we have a choice: we can either learn the art of acceptance, or we can make ourselves miserable as we struggle to change the unchangeable.
We must entrust the things we cannot change to God. Once we have done so, we can prayerfully and faithfully tackle the important work that He has placed before us: doing something about the things we can change... and doing it sooner rather than later.