Thought for the Day #322

 

WHOM DO YOU SERVE?

 

Col 3:23-24 (new American Standard Bible)

 23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

 

It is easy to forget the important things of life. We get caught up in the rat race. People are rushing about in total confusion. They're always busy, but never produce very much.

We strive to keep up with them. No matter how hard we labor, we cannot.

 

Each day on-the-job produces more frustration than satisfaction. At times, we wonder if it's worth the effort. Yet, we recognize that we must work to meet our needs and satisfy our responsibilities to family and self.

 

Our daily focus is upon the immediate obligation to an employer or business. Frustration sets in. We hate our job, can't stand our employer, or despise the bondage of our business. We feel imprisoned and unfulfilled.

 

Perhaps we need an attitude adjustment. Everything we do as a Christian should be done as unto the Lord. Our employment is a blessing from God. Our daily responsibilities can bring glory to Him and deep satisfaction to us.

 

Serving God is a 24 hour a day privilege. It is more than going to church on weekends or doing some good deed for a friend or neighbor. Our first obligation is to God and not unto men.

 

Changing one's attitude about daily labor and responsibility can bring tremendous fulfillment. Look upon everything you do as an opportunity to bring glory to God. Approach every situation with knowledge that you serve God, not yourself or other men.

 

Always labor with integrity and devotion as you serve the Lord. You'll be amazed at how smoothly the day will pass. The measure of your contentment and satisfaction will be greatly multiplied. Work heartily as unto the Lord, for he is the one who dispenses the ultimate reward.

 

Prayer:

 

Dear Lord in Heaven, I come to you with honest heart. I am frustrated and discouraged with my daily labor. I am very unhappy with almost everything in my life. I have been self-centered. I have even looked at my responsibilities with resentment. Help me to remember that I am really working for you. Help me to refocus my attitude. I want to be a good witness for you in everything I do. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.