His Work, His Way
We need a fundamental mindset change in how we view our work. For to long, Christ followers have segregated work from worship. Sunday being for God and the other 6 days for man. I call that being religious and walked that path for many years.
Sometime during the winter of 2007-2008 I realized I was doing things my way, not just in the secular work I had, but in my walk and ministry. I had become ‘religious’. My first step was to ask God for forgiveness, my second step was to apologize to those I had harmed in any way through my preaching. Yes, 7 years into my walk, I found the real love of our Lord.
2008 was a year of great revelation for me. I finally understood what Jesus was talking about in Matt 22:34-40 (I’ll paraphrase) love God, love people. My wife found a license plate that describes it best. It’s a very simple design, white background and black letters, and says this, God says… “Tell the kids I love them.” It still rides on the front of our motorhome.
That saying has become the mantle I work to wear each day. Through my actions and words, I try to show His love to all of those around me. Do I always get it right, no. However, that doesn’t mean we stop. If anything, when we fall short, it’s time to double down and work even harder to love as Jesus does.
His Work, His Way
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
“So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law” (Mal 2:9).
My work, My way – When you and I live in this world without Christ we live a life just as Esau lived his life. Esau despised his birthright and failed to enter into a relationship with God that allowed him to fulfill his destiny. In essence, Esau fulfilled his work, his way. His life represented the carnal life of the flesh.
His work, my way – When you and I become born-again by the Spirit of God, we begin to focus our attention on living for Christ. We realize it is His work we are doing but it takes time before we learn what it means to do His work, His way.
My work, His way – As the Holy Spirit does His work in us, we learn to walk with God. We learn what it means to see our work as His work and we desire to do it His way. The Israelites were guilty of not knowing His ways and were unable to move into the Promised Land because of not understanding how to do Their work, His ways.
His work, His way – When we begin to walk with God we begin to realize that all that we do is His work and He calls us to do it His way. When we begin to walk with God in this manner we begin to see the Kingdom of God manifested in our working lives. We begin to experience His power and learn what it means to do His work, His way.
In order to experience God in this way, each of us must give our working lives to the Lord and ask him to teach us His way. Moses asked God: “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you” (Ex 33:12). Moses realized He needed God to teach him His ways in order for him to prosper in His relationship with God.
What best describes your life today? Your work, your way; Your work, His way; His work, your way; or His work, His way? Pray that you learn to do His work, His way.