It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?
You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.
It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.
But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?
You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.
Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
- Why do we want to procrastinate or to not try?
- We don’t want to work wholeheartedly – Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:7
- Selfishness says, “I don’t feel like it. So, I don’t have to.” – Jeremiah 17:9
- Pride says, “I shouldn’t have to.” – John 13:1-17 “Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet”
- Eric Thomas, “Behind your feelings is nothing.”
How do we overcome procrastination?
- Be immediate – Matthew 25:16, “He went at once…”
- Appreciate time – Psalm 90:12
- Discernment – Psalm 32:8; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23 (Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s necessary)
- Serve – Galatians 2:10, 6:10; Proverbs 21:13; Psalm 82:3-4
So, last week, we were watching a choir, and my uncle was asking why he couldn’t hear anything. Somehow, the TV had been muted, so my cousin said, the TV is muted so turn mute off.
What’s interesting is that we could see what was happening, but couldn’t take part in it because we couldn’t hear. We had the resource, we had the access, we were tuned in and could see it, but we couldn’t get involved. Not until we activated something.
We had the access and the resource, but we hadn’t activated them. And the same thing applies to our lives. Today, we see needs. We know we can meet them. We have access to people who could use our help. We have the resources. But have we activated them?
We’re waiting on something else to happen when all along we have the access and resources in our own hands to get involved and make it work.
Work Hard, Honor God
It was the first week of school and Brandon was excited about his new school year. They already had their first test scheduled for Friday. While his friends decided to talk during their free time in class, Brandon decided he would spend his working on practice problems for the test. His friends didn’t understand why he was working so hard, but Brandon had a bigger goal in mind.
Test day came and Brandon made an A on his test. When he got home that day, he looked at the scripture he had memorized over the summer. It was Ephesians 6:7, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
You may not have a job, but right now school is your work. It may not seem important to work hard at it, but it is. God’s word commands us as His children to work hard in order to bring Him glory. It’s a new school year. For some of you, that might mean new friends, new classes, and even better, new opportunities to honor God. Work hard, not just for your teachers, not just for yourself, but for God. This year, honor God and have fun. After all, honoring God is fun.
You know, I believe that we should get tired of seeing everybody else living out their dreams. By no means am I saying be unsupportive or hate their success, we all know I’m about success and support. But at some point we should get tired of seeing everybody else achieve their dreams, and still just watch it from the sidelines.
Where is our own desire to do the same for ourselves? We should certainly get tired of seeing everybody else achieve our dreams. I believe we all have dreams and hopes and ambitions for a reason. And I believe that when they are good and helpful to God’s Kingdom, society, and others, that they are the most important dreams that we can have. And something in us should stir when we sit and watch people do the things that we’ve dreamt of doing ourselves.
Eventually something in you should I say I want to achieve my dreams and I don’t have time to watch anybody else right now achieve their own. Not to say that I don’t want to be supportive or that I can’t be, because I truly can be. I can be happy when people reach their goals, but eventually I should get tired of seeing everybody else reach their goals, and still not reach my own because I’m not trying and I’m not working at them. Therein lies the issue.
At some point in your life you should want to stop being the person that’s full of potential and start living out the potential that you want people to invest in. Eventually the person you could be is not going to be enough and you need to start being that person.
People are very interesting. I can’t help but believe that God looks at us and laughs sometimes. Not in a condescending way, but in a godly way of course.
Think about it. We work and play. And when we work we want to make sure we get credit for it. Right? I know I do. I don’t go around shouting for recognition, but I do like a shout out on my behalf.
But what’s interesting is what we want God to bless. I’ve talked before about us wanting God to bless things that we don’t even consult with Him about. And about us wanting God to bless things that aren’t even His will for us. But it’s even funnier that sometimes we want God to bless us for doing someone else’s part.
Now, I certainly am not against picking up the slack by any means. What I’m talking about is when we want God to see that we did someone else’s job. And the issue with that lies in a few things:
1) A lot of times people haven’t even done their own job. Imagine being a boss and your staffer telling you he deserves a raise for doing a colleague’s work, but he hasn’t even finished his assignment. That would be annoying, right?
2) Sometimes we just get in the way of what someone else was doing. People aren’t always slacking off, sometimes God is working in them on what they’re working on. And sometimes they are actually working and we take it upon ourselves to “help,” when really we’re just in the way. We’re in their way and we’re in God’s.
3) We don’t do it out of love. We don’t work out of Kingdom love. We didn’t even complete our own tasks with love and certainly aren’t completing someone’s else with love. And we kind of dismiss that part of the Bible that calls us to do all things in love (1 Corinthians 16:14). There’s a reason for that call, it’s the most important part!
I guess it was just pressing upon my heart to share the difference from being a help or hindrance. We should be careful not to be so self-righteous and to make it a goal to know the difference between the two, and truly find out which one we are operating under.
I must stop making excuses, especially invalid ones.
It’s pretty easy to blame other people for not achieving our goals. It sounds ridiculous when we say it and actually think about it. I mean, they are your goals. But we blame people, things, and circumstances when we don’t do what we want to or should.
So the other day I thought, what has God called me to do? And after answering that, my next thought was, has anything prevented me from walking in that calling?
Ask yourself the same thing. In the grand scheme of things, has anything prevented you from walking in the calling God has placed on your life? Seriously. It’s not like God gives you a calling and says well good luck! He fully equips you for it, right?
So, no was my answer. No one has stopped me from doing anything to glorify God’s Kingdom. Have people and circumstances discouraged me? Yeah! Have plans been deterred? Sure! But prevented? Not hardly.
Nothing has prevented me from my calling, except me. I chose to play instead of work. I chose to escape and flee than to stay and fight. I chose to do what was easiest and to blame. My excuses took the place of work. And I made poor decisions because the rich ones were too costly.
But now, I’m different. I realize that I don’t get to blame anyone or anything for not doing my part. And most importantly, I don’t get to make excuses for not doing it. There are millions of people in the world who’ve got that it. And thousands who want it. But I want to be amongst the ones who use it.