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I have experienced quite a few positives while living in the reality of our current lockdown. One area that has been a bit of a struggle is working consistently in this time. Some days go really well but then there are days like yesterday, when I don’t get nearly as much done as I should’ve. When chatting to Cammie about what I could possibly write about she made the point that I am probably not the only one struggling. Cammie mentioned that it can be quite challenging to work when there isn’t always someone to answer to directly in an office setting. I was reminded once again of the biblical principle regarding who disciples of Jesus actually work for regardless of whatever task we are attempting to accomplish:

22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favouritism. 4 1 Masters, deal with your slaves justly and fairly, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven. – Colossians 3:18-4:1

Now I am in no way saying that I feel like a slave and my slave master is NHCF or wanting to get into a theological discourse on the topic of slavery. What I take from this passage, interpreting it in the modern world we live in, is more in the way of an employee/employer relationship. With this interpretation in mind, it only makes sense that I must work as hard as possible as it is an absolute honour to serve as a pastor to the New Harvest Family and to those God has brought my way. And at the end of the day the main person I have to answer for in regards to how well I work is to God Himself. So when we are facing a day when we don’t really feel like working, we must remember that God is who we ultimately work for and we should honour Him with our work, even when we don’t feel like it.

Paul, on another occasion, put it like this:

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:2

This scripture takes it a step further in that we must glorify God not only in our work but in everything we do. To glorify God is to honor him with our lives and we are to do this in everything we do. This has been such an encouraging reminder that I know that tomorrow will be a better day as I try my best, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to live out these life giving truths.

Much love,

Luke

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  1. Wendy Richardson

    I was drawn to the words ‘ don’t work as people-pleasers’ Col 3: 22. Google people-pleasers and you will find a whole lot of eye-opening information about this very common trait among Christian people.

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