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1172nd -- Your Work Is A Gift


No matter where we are in life and no matter what our job is at this 
present moment, it should be done with excellence, integrity, and with our 
whole heart. There are many moments in life when we are quick to murmur 
and complain about how tough things are or how unsatisfied we are in our 
present circumstances. We complain that our wages aren't enough, that our 
boss isn't fair or doesn't treat us kindly and that we simply don't receive
the recognition that we deserve. What we must quickly realize is that our 
work should not be done unto man, but it should be done unto the Lord. 
When we work unto the Lord, we don't have to worry about getting that 
promotion, about getting that recognition or about being treated harshly 
or unfairly. The Lord who sees all things done openly and in secret is 
faithful and just to see our good work and reward us accordingly. 
(Ecclesiastes 9:10) (Matthew 6:1-4)

We must recognize that we are in a fortunate position. We can use where 
we are at this present moment for our betterment and for the betterment of 
those around us. When we work with excellence, we are saying by our 
actions that we are going above and beyond what is expected of us because 
our minds are focused and our hearts are believing that we will be 
rewarded for our good works. No matter what position you may have, you 
should do it with excellence. It doesn't matter if you are the CEO of a 
company, a city worker, a stay-at-home parent or a volunteer of a worthy 
cause. The job at hand isn't the issue, but the work before you should be 
the focus and it should be done to the best of your ability. When we are 
thankful for what we have right now, the Lord will be well pleased with 
our faithfulness and our reward won't be far behind.
(2 Timothy 1:11-14) (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

Let us remember the story of Joseph who was faithful in the dungeon even 
though he was placed there wrongly, but because he stayed faithful to the 
Lord, he was promoted to the palace where he became second in command of 
all of Egypt. When we are faithful in the small things, God will know 
that He can trust us with the big things. When we stand firm and do the 
work before us with honor and integrity, the Lord will know that a 
promotion is deserved and will be appreciated and handled with that same 
excellence. (Genesis 41:39-40)

Let us encourage ourselves and do the work before us with our whole 
hearts. Let us be faithful, let us be diligent and unwavering knowing 
that where we are right now does not define where we will be in the future.
Be faithful in the little things and soon you will see God trusting you 
with the big things. (2 Timothy 4:5-8)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do your job with 
excellence no matter what it may be and receive the blessing for being a 
faithful servant.


Work sometimes has a bad reputation in our world. But there is something 
worse than work, and that is boredom. At least that is what Drs. Kathryn 
Rost and G. Richard Smith of the University of Arkansas say. After 
analyzing the mental health of heart attack survivors, they concluded that 
one factor which greatly reduced the chances of depression was going back 
to work.

And why not? At work we are often around friends, and people with strong 
relationships will almost always fare better mentally. But we humans also 
need to be useful and productive!

Arthur Kroeger wrote in Quote magazine that his brother sometimes visited 
an Anabaptist colony in southern Alberta, Canada. During one visit he 
asked leaders how they dealt with the problem of misbehavior - when people 
rebelled against the colony's strict rules. He was told that these people 
were first asked to correct their behavior. If they did not respond, they 
would be given a stern “talking to.”

“But what do you do when all else fails, when somebody stubbornly refuses 
to behave?” he pressed.

“Ah,” came the reply, “if it comes to that, then we don't give him 
anything to do.”

The ultimate punishment - don't give them any work! If that doesn't sound 
so bad, just ask those who are unemployed how they feel about not working...

It has been wisely said, “The Lord didn't burden us with work, but rather 
blessed us with it.” We need to be busy and productive.

Whatever it is you do to make a living - be grateful. Those long hours and 
that feeling of exhaustion at the end of the day come from having something
useful to do. Your work is a gift. You are blessed.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto 
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall 
direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart 
from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

Ephesians 4:1-6 “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that 
ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness 
and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There 
is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your 
calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who 
is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, 
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace 
unto the hearers.”

Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not 
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who 
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret 
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but 
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, 
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore 
choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

Hebrews 12:1-3 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great 
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which 
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set 
before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who 
for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the 
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For 
consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, 
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today's Selected Poem: THE UNKNOWN CHRISTIAN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem185.htm 

Today's Selected Testimony: VICKIE'S WAY TO A NEW LIFE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony94.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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