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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul’s instructions encourage responsibility and integrity on the job. Christian employees should do their jobs as if Jesus Christ were their supervisor. And Christian employers should treat their employees fairly and with respect. Can you be trusted to do your best, even when the boss is not around? Do you work hard and with enthusiasm? Do you treat your employees as people, not machines? Remember that no matter whom you work for and no matter who works for you, the one you should want to please is your Father in heaven. (NLT)
Ephesians 6:5-9 – Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.
Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women. –Ephesians 6:7 (NRSV)
Whitney V. Myers (Pennsylvania) titled her story “WORKING FOR THE LORD;” here is Whitney’s story:
“In my late twenties, a few years after I had committed my life to Christ, I was working as a computer programmer for a large company. One day I had been so unsuccessful in searching for an error in a computer program I had written that I began to question my vocational choice. I remember praying, ‘Lord, I would prefer to serve you full time.’ I had always thought that God called only pastors, church workers, and missionaries to full-time Christian service. But that day, I sensed God telling me, ‘You already serve me full time. I have placed you with this company.’
“I learned from this experience that God delights in our honest work in various occupations. God calls some people to serve as pastors and church workers. God also calls Christians to serve in their homes and in many different workplaces.
“In whatever we do, we can work at it enthusiastically as if for the Lord and not for people. (See [below] Col. 3:23.) We are called to serve with integrity, a positive attitude, and ethical work habits so that in whatever our occupation, we will bring glory to God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will serve the Lord where I am today.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to work in ways that bring you honor and praise. Amen.
Prayer Focus: NEW CHRISTIANS
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* Since the Creation, God has given us work to do. If we could regard our work as an act of worship or service to God, such an attitude would take some of the drudgery and boredom out of it. We could work without complaining or resentment if we would treat our job problems as the cost of discipleship. (NLT)
Colossians 3:23 – Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.