Do you work for God like you do for the world?

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  1. I Am Blessed 24

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    DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29, 2003
    ( I Corinthians 15:58, Galatians 6:9, 2 Timothy 4:7 )

    Do you work for the things of God as hard as you work for the things of this world?

    Jon Gruden, became the youngest coach in history to win the Super Bowl this past Sunday, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory over the
    Oakland Raiders. Living in the Tampa area, I have had the opportunity to follow Coach Gruden since he became the coach of the Buccaneers this time last year.

    One of the trademarks of Coach Gruden is his incredible work ethic. He is famous for getting up at 3:17am each morning, and working until 10 or 11pm each night. His entire life is focused on, and dedicated to winning football games. Sunday, he received the ultimate payoff for all
    of his hard work and determination as the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII.

    I have had the pleasure throughout my life of personally knowing many people that are extremely successful by the worlds standards. The one common bond that they all share is an incredible work ethic. They are driven to do whatever it takes to succeed in their given profession. They will routinely put in 100 hour plus work weeks, they will make whatever sacrifices they have to, in order to be successful. There is literally no price that they are not willing to pay to achieve their goals.

    My question to you this morning is this. If people are willing to literally give their very lives for the temporary success that this world can offer, how much more should the men and women of God be willing to work for the eternal success the Creator of this world can offer?

    Let me ask this question again, and I pray that right now you will stop whatever you are
    doing, and ponder it. IF PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO LITERALLY GIVE THEIR VERY LIVES FOR THE TEMPORARY SUCCESS THAT THIS WORLD CAN OFFER, HOW MUCH MORE
    SHOULD THE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD BE WILLING TO WORK FOR THE ETERNAL SUCCESS THAT THE CREATOR OF THIS WORLD CAN OFFER? If Jon Gruden is willing to get up at 3:17am and put in 20 hour days to win a football game, that in the light of eternity is absolutely meaningless, how much more willing should the men and women that God has called to His service, be willing to do to win souls for eternity?

    My sole motivation for this word to you today is this. We can ALL do more. EVERY man, woman, and young adult that has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, is called by God to His service. Sharing the hope and love of Christ is not just the job of your pastor, or an evangelist, but is the job of EVERY person that has accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts and
    lives. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION.

    It has only been because of the tireless work and efforts of those saints who have gone on before us that we share in this great faith today. It is OUR JOB AND RESPONSIBILITY to insure, should
    Jesus tarry, that the next generation of saints who are still not even born, have a rich and solid Christian heritage and family throughout this world.

    That will not happen by accident, but through the hard work and efforts of men and women of God all over the planet. There is a very real enemy that
    would love to destroy the people of God. We live in a world today that will not let the message of hope and love through Jesus Christ be heard without a fight. We have to fight, we have to work hard to make sure that the TRUTH of the Bible is boldly proclaimed.

    The enemy has no shame or fear in telling people the lie that there is no God, that there is no truth, that you can live any way you want. We have to be equally as bold and fearless to tell people worldwide that there IS a God that loves them very much, that there is TRUTH found in the Bible, and that the only real peace, joy, and
    abundance that this life can offer comes from living for Christ 24/7/365.

    There is nothing wrong with working hard to be successful in whatever your earthly profession may be. However, should we not be equally as
    passionate and diligent in our work for God? I think back on what a handful of mostly uneducated men totally sold our for Jesus did right after his
    death. These men that had no great position in life, they did not have great financial resources, traveling was very difficult, and there were no form of modern communication. Yet they literally turned the world upside down as they helped lay the foundation of Christianity. With our incredible education opportunities, people in the Kingdom that have vast resources,
    being able to fly around the world as easy as it is to drive down the street, and all of the amazing communication devices we enjoy....HOW MUCH
    MORE CAN THOSE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD WHO ARE SOLD OUT...MAKE AN IMPACT FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST???
    ~Bill Keller~

    "He that gives up what he cannot keep; to gain what he cannot lose...is nobody's fool."
    ~Nate Saint~ Missionary

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    Sue

    [ January 29, 2003, 09:04 AM: Message edited by: I Am Blessed 16 ]
     
  2. Ed Edwards

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    I give 18% of my income to the USofA.
    I only give 10% of my income to
    my church.
     
  3. I Am Blessed 24

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    I hear you Brother Ed. But, if you're like me, we don't give that 18% to the USA as willingly as we give our 10% to God. [​IMG]

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  4. Walls

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    What a good message! We all could be about the Lord's work more than what we are. Thanks for reminding us. ;)
     
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    Thanks for sharing, Sue. [​IMG]

    That devotion really makes you think about priorities in life and what is really important in the end. I got this devotion this morning also from liveprayer.com. I don't know who signed me up, but I started getting them about a month ago. Some of them are really good.

    Rod
     
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    WOW WisdomSeeker! Have you considered searching for a more laid-back church?

    In our church, we go into ministries because the Lord has called us into them; not because we are required to be in a certain number to satisfy the church or the pastor.

    Your church sounds more like a jail. That would make me dread going to church rather than looking forward to it. How can there be any joy in a place like that?

    I thank God for a good provider also...my husband works 50+ hours a week and sometimes he is so tired (gasp)he does not go to church on Wednesday night. No one condemns him.

    I am praying for you and your situation and hoping the Lord will lead you to a better place.

    (((((((((( Hugz ))))))))))

    Sue
     
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    Short nights, long hours, focused on winning - yep, that described me. Until I had a physical collapse and nearly died.

    Then I learned that this is an attitude of the world. Resting in Christ, trusting in HIM to do the work in hearts as long as I remain faithful to what He's called me to do.

    And never would WANT to compare myself to Gruden or Bill Gates or Malcom Forbes or George W or "anyone" the world thinks of as a "success".

    Can I share two short quotations?
     
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    WS,I agree in that your husband being the head of your household and providing for you IS serving the Lord....it doesn't have to be in a church setting always....I feel that homeschooling and being with my children is being obedient to the Lord because I am training them in the Lord's ways....it is my ministry and it has little to do with the church we attend. In fact,I turn down church things at times if it interferes with my ministry at home. Everything we do should be as unto the Lord.

    I agree with Dr.Bob...God is much more interested in the kind of man your husband is as opposed to what he does *at church*. Hope that will encourage you.

    Legalism is putting man's rules at the same level or above God's commands...is your church doing this? I do not have a problem with rules at all or biblical principles being adhered to in a practical way,but when the emphasis becomes man instead of God....there is a problem.
     
  10. Pete

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    No.

    I drive the cab two nights a week when I can be bothered ;) Have 3 months of the year off [​IMG]

    I don't call doing anything for God work [​IMG] Although I would think twice about hanging around a Church that "encourages volunteers" the way WisdomSeeker described hers :eek:

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    I agree Pete; I call it 'ministry' and we are to be called into that; not coerced like they do in WisdomSeeker's church.

    [​IMG]
    Sue
     
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    I can truthfully say that I work more for God than the World. How can I say this? I am retired from my worldly job. ;)

    And I am not retired from God's Service. [​IMG]
     

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