Can you be happy? Can you be satisfied? Can you be at peace? Do you find pleasure in your work? Do you find fulfillment in your work? Can you be content no matter what is going on around you? Can you stand firm? or will you be swayed by the winds of the time? Can you be content no matter what is going on?
Today’s reading starts on this topic…
12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
–from Philippians 4:12
Do you know what the key is? Do you know the source of making this possible? It’s called out verse 13 when it says “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.“.
When your source is bigger than you, it makes the smaller things small in comparison and allows you to be and remain content!
Do you realize the difference between contentment and complacency?
Do you remember in a previous set of posts that spoke about the gifts and talents and how we need to be good stewards? Do you remember the one guy who just put his talent in the dirt so that he wouldn’t lose it? He allowed fear to keep him from fulfilling his calling and ended up being considered lazy!
God has given you talents in accordance to your abilities! His desire is for us (as we read in Genesis) is to be fruitful and multiply!
So be a good steward and use them to your full potential!
Today’s reading goes and revisits the parable of the talents told by Jesus so let’s consider what we have been given and how we can be good stewards of those gifts and talents in order to get to hear “well done my good and faithful servant”…
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents,to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
–from Matthew 25
Consider the talents you have! Consider the gifts you have been given!
So will you accept Jesus and receive the transforming power of His love into your heart?
Will you allow Him to be your Lord and Savior? For He will be your strength! He will be your way – for all things are possible through Him!
Today’s devotional (day 5 from Finding Fulfillment in Work) talks to the subject as follows:
What does it mean to be content in your work? In seasons of prosperity, it’s much easier to be content than in seasons of dryness, despair, doubt, and wandering. Although, many people may find the perfect job and still find themselves wanting more. Finding fulfillment in difficult seasons often begins with being content where God has us. It’s important to remember, however, that contentment is not complacency.
In the parable of the talents, a master issues talents (a large sum of money) each to three servants according to their abilities. The servant who receives one talent is afraid to risk that which is given to him by the master, so he does not put his resources to work. The master rebukes him for his laziness.
In this parable, the lazy servant neglects the desires of the master to grow his investment. The servant’s satisfaction with one talent leads him to mismanage his resources. Contentment of this kind can also look like complacency, laziness, or idleness. Faithfully stewarding the gifts God has given us should always motivate us to create as much value as possible to his glory.
In Philippians, the Apostle Paul shares about contentment in a different light. His secret to finding contentment in any situation is to strive to do what God has called him to do. Real contentment is not being satisfied with what we have or where we are in life. It transcends any one situation or job. It is working diligently to glorify God, serve the common good, and further the kingdom of God in everything we do.
A heavenly perspective changes the way we look at our work. With this perspective, it’s possible to find fulfillment in a job that isn’t a perfect fit. Recognizing that you can honor God, work diligently, and serve others no matter what you are doing frees you to look for God’s redemptive story in your life in every season.
Seasons of unemployment or underemployment can make it difficult to feel truly fulfilled. It’s important to remember that fulfillment and satisfaction can come in any job with the right heart and mind focused on God.
Pursuing a God-pleasing posture at work with the help of the Holy Spirit can powerfully change your heart and mind and in turn, change the way you view your work.
Are you content in your job? Are you using your gifts and talents to the best of your ability?
Let’s be thankful today for the gifts and talents God has given us!
Let’s be thankful today for all the people He has brought into our lives!
Let’s be thankful today that God send Jesus not to condemn the world, but to save it!
Let’s be thankful today that God opens doors of opportunity we would never have known about but that He has prepared in advance for us to walk through in order for us to accomplish His will!
Let’s be thankful today for the favor of God!