Our Work

IM000726.JPG“I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”    John 17:4

These words are part of a prayer Jesus prayed to God before He was arrested. He came down to this earth for a specific purpose and He fulfilled that purpose. God gave Jesus a job to do – to spread the Good News of His love and grace – and then to physically demonstrate that love and grace by suffering on a cross for our sins.

We have our own jobs to do. We are doctors and nurses, police officers, garbage collectors, teachers and preachers, farmers, bus drivers. These are the jobs God equipped us to do. How are we doing our work? Are we happy each day, excited for what the new day may bring? Or are we grumpy and hate our jobs, dreading to face another day? Which attitude is showing glory to God?

God has given Christian writers a job to do. The work He gave us is to spread His Word to as many people as we can. What is our attitude? Do we grumble and complain when we have a deadline to meet? Do we procrastinate thinking we’ll write double the amount of words tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes?

How about what we write? Are the words we put down on paper bringing glory to God or only attention to ourselves?  What’s our motive for writing? Is it to see how much money we can make or how many people we can lead to Christ?

God is watching to see what we do with the work we are to perform. I don’t know about you, but some day I hope I can stand before God and say I completed the work He wanted me to do.

If God wants you to write, write all you can to bring Him glory. Be His messenger through your written words. Make God smile when He sees what you’re writing. Will you be able to say the words Jesus said? “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”

Dear God in heaven, You have equipped me to do a specific work for You. Please help me to do that work to the best of my ability and with a joyful heart. May what I do bring You glory and show the way to others so they, too, can experience Your love and grace.    In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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