Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015: Working for Jesus

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 348  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a poignant video of Daniel O’Donnell singing … Here I Am Lord, proclaiming the attitude which should be shared by all Christians when we are placed in a place to serve our LORD.

Highlight Passage:   Numbers 4: 19b [NKJV] …  
19b …  Aaron and his sons shall go in and appoint each of them to his service and his task. … God to Moses/Aaron concerning the tasks of the Levites in the Tabernacle.
Highlight Context – Numbers 4:17-32 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… We must bloom where we are planted.

Reference Passage #1 - Romans 12: 1 [NKJV] …  
1 I beseech you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. 
… Where ever God leads us we’re to follow and serve him gladly …

Reference Passage #2 - 1st Corinthians 10: 31 [NKJV] …  
31 … whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 
… Making our work for God’s glory …

Reference Passage #3 - Colossians 3: 17 [NKJV] …  
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, DO ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 
… Doing our all-in-all for Jesus!!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C McCasland, used a personal story to illustrate his teaching about how we serve God. He wrote, … While attending Bible college, my friend Charlie and I worked for a furniture store. We often made deliveries accompanied by an interior decorator who talked with the people who had purchased the furniture while we brought it from the truck into the house. Sometimes we had to carry the furniture up several flights of stairs in an apartment building. Charlie and I often wished we had the decorator’s job instead of ours!

Using this link - you can see that a 2013 Gallup poll revealed that 70% of workers surveyed reported that they hated their workplace or job. There were many reasons reported for these attitudes in the workplace; but it boiled down to most people were disgruntled about what they did for a living. And this attitude certainly flies in the face of what God’s word teaches with regard to our attitudes about work.

 The highlight passage above from the Book of Numbers took the ODB readers (me) back to when God instituted the duties of His people in building and maintaining the Tabernacle during the 40 years of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness. And we know how God’s chosen turned into grumblers during those refining years. And then, in the NT, the Apostle Paul taught a lot about what our attitudes should be like … no matter where we are or what we do (see the reference passages above). And the bottom line in God’s word should be a “bloom where we’re planted” attitude of gratitude, … no matter what job we have or where we are working … or for that matter, whatever we’re doing day-by-day-by-day.

 So, in that Gallup poll above I would hope that we’d find that the 30% of those who had positive attitudes about their work would be tinged heavily by Christians. … What about you and me? … Today will we be doing ALL we do for God’s glory (as Paul wrote to Corinth above)? On our jobs, will see ourselves as “living sacrifices” for God (as Paul exhorted Roman Christians)? … And/or will whatever we say/do … be done to honor the name of Christ Jesus?

 I’m praying - for me today - that I, … hopefully joined by you, … will respond as Daniel O’Donnell sings in the song linked above when God calls us to think, say, or do ANYTHING today … that we say it or do it for God’s glory.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, …It’s ALL FOR YOU, Lord!! … Amen  

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