The Work of God
Today, our lives have become very complex. We interact with others on a global scale in a world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never rests, and at times, will drive us to such distraction that we don’t know which way is up or what we are suppose to do next.
When we become so hurried, so overwhelmed with life, we pick up the pace, push deeper into our work and start dropping tasks and shedding responsibilities. Often, for Christ followers, this means less time with the Father and more time chasing gold. No one is denying our need to pay our bills and take care of our families but at what cost?
I’m just as guilty of doing this as any. Since the end of the race season, I have purposed to slow down and listen closer for the Lord’s voice. What I was taking as a signal to concentrate more on our business, was a warning sign to stop, step back and look at my priorities. Yes, He is using me to fill a need through MotorManiaTV. However, He has called me to be His light and minister to those I come in contact with in the marketplace.
It’s easy to loose focus when life gets crazy. We are all called to relationship with our Creator, once you have that established, then it’s time to go to work and find the kingdom purpose He has for you. My challenge to all Christ followers is strive to reach new depths in your relationship with our Father. If you can’t be part of a local assembly or have no desire to attend one, then look online for the resources…they are numerous…there are no excuses.
The Work of God
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands (Ps 90:17).
Martin Luther brought the word of God back to the people. Today, God is bringing the work of God back to the people. God never intended the clergy to be the primary distribution channel of His Gospel. You and I are the distribution channel – those of us in the workplace.
The local church is simply the franchise to equip and release His army into the world to affect every aspect of society. Today, God is establishing mini-franchises in the form of prayer groups and Bible studies in the workplace. He is igniting the silent remnant of workplace believers who have never realized, until now, that their work really is their ministry. It is a holy calling on par with vocational ministry.
Our local franchises (churches) should be viewed as mini battle ships designed to raise an army of qualified warriors who can pray, create, and influence their workplaces and industries with a biblical worldview. We must be reminded of God’s perfect plan found in Ephesians 4:11-13.
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
The next time you are tempted to pass ministry responsibility to your pastor, remember what Ephesians 4 says. After all, there are no part-time Christians in His Kingdom. We may get our checks in secular fields, but our ministry is full-time.