Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
“I’m thinking of entering professional ministry,” a young man said to me. “What do you want to do?” I asked him. “I’m not sure,” he replied, “but I want to do something in ministry full-time. I want God to use my life and don’t see much opportunity for that in my work.”
I didn’t get into a lengthy discussion with him since his remark was made casually in passing. It did remind me again, though, of the deception that so many people have fallen for in regard to their work. Like this young man, they think that the routine work in their job isn’t that spiritual, compared to the work of those who are pastors, missionaries, and so on.
This common viewpoint is a ploy of the enemy to dilute the effectiveness of Christ expressing His life through our lives. The truth is that your profession, no matter what it may be, is holy. The word holy means “set apart.” There is no dualistic world where some things are spiritual and some aren’t. Whether you are a teacher, a doctor, a clerk, a salesman….it makes no difference. Your work is holy because of who you are. You are holy, and as you express Christ’s life, whatever you do is holy.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Does it feel like you are on a spiritual or religious treadmill? Get off! You may find it gratifying in the short run, but over the long haul it will drain you. Listen, God offers you much more than that. He wants you to experience Him within the soothing rhythm of grace. However, to know that kind of intimacy with Him, you must stop any religious hyperventilating you have mistaken for a grace walk, calm down, and do what is born from the expression of Christ within you. God doesn’t need you to break the three-minute mile for Him. He just wants you to enjoy Him, knowing that everything else in your life will flow out from that. Friends, get off the religious treadmill and just put your eyes on Him. He will do “the rest” in you.
The other day, I was watching the animals in my backyard eat from a pile of birdseed. Squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and all sorts of birds were eating together. When a new animal arrived, no one seemed to notice; however, if any one animal heard a strange sound, every animal ran or flew away. This process happened over and over again – animals would gather, hear a sound and become startled, fly or run away, and then slowly return. After a while, the squirrels and rabbits stopped running away, but the chipmunks and the birds continued to be nervous and eventually the chipmunks stayed away altogether; they never learned that they were safe.
Watching them reminded me of how we (humans) often behave the same way. God gives us everything we could need and all we have to do is have faith. We accept his graciousness and relax a little bit, but at the very first sign of trouble, we often run away. We lose our faith that God knows what is best for us and flee his comforting arms. Slowly, though, we move back to Him, inch by inch. We feel safe again and accept his grace only to run at the slightest mention of trouble yet again. After a while, some will learn to trust God and will stay with Him, but others will continue to flee and still others will never return.
How often will we run away from God before we realize we can truly trust Him? Are we not more important to God than all other living things?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26 NASB)
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are al
So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
May you be faithful and trust in the Lord with all your heart.
The past few months have been quite stressful for us. My husband’s father with his leukemia and allergic reactions to medication, my mother with recurrent bouts of C-Diff, burst water pipes, broken water heaters, overtime, doctor’s appointments, homework, and so much more. I already suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and have to take medication, but these instances have really made my anxiety break through. With all the physical symptoms that often accompany anxiety including fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, twitching, irritability, nausea, and more, I have been internally falling apart.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; Isaiah 43:5a NIV
Recently, though, after a long day at work and a longer day of loved ones working on more plumbing problems at our house, we heard a tornado warning for our area. We gathered in the recently flooded and now torn apart basement; my husband and I, our teen sons, my father-in-law, and a family friend. For the first time in months, I was able to relax. There was absolutely nothing I could do about this situation. I knew it was all in God’s hands. So instead of becoming more anxiety ridden, I almost fell asleep as we watched the news for updates on tornadoes in the area.
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26 NIV
While I may suffer from worry on any given day, I know deep in my heart that God is in control. Waiting for the tornado to strike has actually made me calmer than I was before the incident.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV
We cannot always control how we will react to situations, but we can always count on the fact that God is acting for our benefit.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
We may worry about things we feel we can control, but need not worry because God is always in control.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV
May you feel the presence of God with you through all your days and know that He is in control. Relax. Be still and know that God is there for you every step of the way.