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Do you need to see it to believe it?

What if those around you won’t believe until they see it? What if they can’t take your word for it but need some real evidence before they believe? What if they can’t trust you because they can’t see it? What if they can’t trust you until they can see evidence of it in and through you? Are you living a life that shows evidence? Are you living a life where you are putting your trust in Him? Is there anything special or different about how you live that would be evidence? Is there anything special in the way you speak, the way you act, the way you engage that is pointing other to your Heavenly Father?

Today’s reading says this…

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

–from Proverbs 3

Let’s take this verse apart and see what we can learn.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

  • It’s not all about you! Just because we have been hurt and feel like the only one we can depend on is ourselves, we need to realize the lie and how that is just a way to try and rob the joy and truth from us! We need to unlearn that lesson so that we can trust in God and live the life He created us and is calling us to live! It’s may not be easy and probably means we need to work at it each and every day!
  • Not sure how? Cry out to God! Use your words and your mind to connect with Him! It’s not about routine or rituals, it’s about a living relationship with Him! So pray without ceasing! Talk to Him throughout the day (verbally or in your head – He can hear you either way)! When we talk to him, He hears us! Trust in God!
  • Run from evil! Resist the temptations! Don’t let the things of the world clutter up your mind and keep you from receiving and living out all that God has for you! In the Bible, you may read about this in terms like desires of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life! Don’t try to live like you know it all! Ever heard the more you know, the more you know you don’t know? You might know a lot, but God knows it all! Are there bad influences in your life that are trying to take you down the wrong path(s)? Replace it by pursuing after God’s Ways! Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, and a pure heart! Evil may tempt you and it may feel good a little while, but in the long run, it will just bring pain, suffering, bondage, chains (even if only invisible)! Trust in God!
  • I’ve said this in other posts, but getting our priorities straight is key! When I went through the exercise in trying to straighten out my life, what I had to do was put God first! Putting God first and letting Him take care of the rest is Biblical! If we put Him first then we will see needs around us, we will allow our hearts to be sensitive to His prompting to do something for that person on the corner, for that person in the office who looks distraught, for that person you pass on the street who looks to be having a rough day, for someone other than yourself! And those actions and activities will help to build up your hope and trust! Consider what Jesus came and did for us! How will you allow your finances to show you trust Him? Will you give Him a tithe? Yes, really, will you give him 10% and trust Him to bless you with 90%? Do you realize how big this is? Do you realize what He can do if He knows He can trust you to be a good steward? Proverbs 3 says something else around trust in verses 9-10:
    • Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
  • When we live giving Him the first 10%, the best 10%, it shows we really do trust Him!
  • But don’t just be going through the checklist or the motions! We need to be doing it out of love and trust in Him! Consider your heart and your mind against what God’s measuring stick is! Consider yourself not better than you are, but aligned against God’s Word! Let’s not be about excuses, but rather let’s be about seeking truth! We need to be in a constant walk with Jesus, because honestly in our own strength, we couldn’t do it! The 10 commandments aren’t here to help us get God’s approval, they are for us to realize we need a savior! The good news is that Jesus is our savior! He came the sinless lamb of God and gave His life that we could be saved and reconciled to God! We will be able to get into heaven, not because we are all that and a bag of candy, but rather because we are following after Jesus and asking Him to be our source and our guide! Jesus calls us to be above average and to that we need to trust Him even more! The 10 commandments are average and if we don’t try to do better then we will find in society that the average will start going down! If we start to head the wrong, we need to have a way to be held accountable! We need to stand up! We need to stand firm! When we are being tempted or tested, we need to stand firm and put on the full armor of God! We need to resist the devil and he will flee! We need to be comparing ourselves against truth, not a wishy washy truth, but a truth that never changes, and that comes from God’s Word! We need to receive the correction and the discipline of God to help us stay aligned! We need to hide God’s Word in our hearts and mind so that when the trickster, the tempter tries to deceive us we can stand up and stand firm and resist his lies!
  • I like to put it this way… listen to the quiet voice that prompts you to do right! I have had one experience where I heard the loud booming voice and don’t recommend you keep going till you hear it! I recommend when the voice of the Holy Spirit (the still quiet voice) prompts you to do something that you walk in alignment and obedience to God’s Word and the Spirit’s prompting! When you here “psst … do …” (which is in alignment to God’s Word) you should do it! I have gotten better, but not perfect this yet! Be it, “see that person over there, go ask them how are they are doing, go ask them if they are ok, …” Rather than sluffing it off and needing a 2×4 type of memo or a loud booming voice that says “you will be … or you will be nothing!” Do you trust Him? Then do what He asks! Do you trust Him? Then don’t wait for the big loud booming voice and miss out the incredible blessings He is setting up to do in and through you! Do you trust Him? Then live a life that will demonstrate to others that you do! I remember another time when I was to go out and find someone on the street and take them out for dinner! I went and found nobody, and then on my way back to the hotel, I walked passed a man and made it to the stop light where I heard that still quiet voice say “really, you walked right past that man” so I went back and talked to him and he declined saying there were a bunch of people who were more needy than him and then said God bless and let me go! I went to the hotel, dropped off my bags and stuff and then went out again on the search. The man was gone! To this day, I feel he was an angel to make sure I was really going to go through with it! I did find a gentlemen and took him out for a steak dinner! That evening in France, God allowed me to hear this man’s story and to speak hope and life into his life through first feeding his stomach and then filling his heart and mind with love and hope! The Holy Spirit moved that day in a way that just continued to build up my trust in God!
  • Every day will have enough stresses and pressures for us to worry about! We don’t need to be worrying about tomorrow! We need to just rest in God’s love! God cares! If it is big enough for you to care about it, then God cares about it too! So allow Him to lighten the load and give it up to Him! God doesn’t leave us or abandon us! He doesn’t want us to have to fend for ourselves! So cast your cares on Him because He cares for you! God will help us get through them! He will build up our trust! He will strengthen us through each experience! I know when I learned the power of forgiveness, it transformed me! It made it so that rather than looking back at what ifs, I now am looking forward to what’s next! It’s not an easy process, however, God will prove Himself trustworthy!

The rest of the verses speaks some wisdom into the situation!

…do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

It speaks to the benefits and the results and the outcome of walking in alignment with Him! We don’t have all the answers, so we need to go to the one who does! When we acknowledge Him before men and women, He will acknowledge us before the heavenly Father! When we walk in alignment and in trust with Him, we may make some plans, but He will guide our steps!

Today’s Devotion titled “God at Work” (day 1) speaks into this verse in the following way:

Trust the Lord in Everything

On most days, if you spend time with me, at some point you will hear me say, “I trust the Lord in everything.” I’m reminding myself that part of loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength gets down to the very practical matter of trusting Him constantly, continuously, and consciously. Like, every day, all day. I’m practicing the discipline required to not lean on my own understanding and to actively acknowledge the Lord in all my ways.

Now, the opening phrase of Proverbs 3:5 is “Trust in the LORD.” The most important word in that phrase is not trust (even though it’s the verb). The crucial, weighty word in both those phrases is LORD. You see, if I’m trying to have a robust and powerful trust in a tiny, pretty much unable and weak God who needs to be pumped up by my trust, I’ve got nothing. But even if the best I can muster up is a mustard seed of trust and faith in the awesome (the only truly correct use for this adjective) God of the universe, then I’ve got something going on!

Trusting the Lord isn’t hard as long as you are scoped into the Lord you trust. When the concern shifts to trying to measure the power, strength, or endurance of your trust itself, you’re already in trouble. But when your attention is daily turned to Him, seeking to know Him better and better, eager to worship Him and be with others who want to worship Him, trusting becomes part of the response.

I trust the Lord in everything. I know that trust isn’t much on its own some days. But that’s OK—because I’m trusting the LORD in everything. And that’s who really matters!

Prayer: Father, I trust You in everything! Help me in those times when I notice just how weak and insignificant my trust is! I welcome You into every corner of my life, Lord, so that no matter where I am and what I am doing, behind it all I am trusting You in everything. In Jesus’ trustworthy name, Amen.

–from God at Work from James MacDonald



Do you realize the importance of rest

in fulfillment at work? Are you trying to get it all done in your own strength?

Ever realized that without taking time to rest you end up putting yourself in an unhealthy position? Ever realized that without taking time to rest you can burn out or become impatient or allow frustration to take hold because your fuse is being shortened?

Today’s reading starts in Exodus on this subject…

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

–from Exodus 20

How are you doing in this area? I know personally it is probably one of my biggest struggles because work is so busy, family is so busy, church is so busy, … but God says it is important so we need to take this seriously! Not only for you but for everyone else around you too.

Not sure where to go or where to turn in order to find rest? Jesus is the answer! He speaks to us today in today’s reading this way…

28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

–from Matthew 11

When about it His way and partner with Him, He helps to make it easier! When each day we partner with Jesus in our everyday and busy life, He provides us rest in and through it all! When we partner with Jesus (yoke together) we are able to find rest in our soul! When we partner with Jesus we will find that His yoke is easy and His burden is light! So don’t try to do it alone! Don’t try to make it through life with the yoke of the world on your shoulders! Trade it up to put on the one God gives you!

So let’s purpose to take time to rest! Today’s reading continues into Hebrews where it says…

11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

–from Hebrews 4

By aligning to God’s Word which is alive and active so that we can receive wisdom and direction and correction! God’s Word is “sharper than a two edged sword piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Nothing is hidden from God’s eyes! He sees where we are at and loves us too much to leave us there! He sees what we are going through and wants us to turn to Him and receive His love, His mercy, and His grace.

So will you take time this week to rest? Will you take time after your busy week to rest? Will you permit yourself to rest? Will you allow others to rest as well? Let’s consider the last part of today’s reading where we read…

2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.

–from Genesis 2

We have all been given free will! Will we choose to try and go it alone and work ourselves to death? Will we choose to connect with Jesus and allow His yoke to be put on us? The choice is yours so choose wisely! Faith without works is dead! But work isn’t to be the driving force!

Today’s devotional concludes this 6 day devotional titled Finding Fulfillment in Work. It speaks into today’s readings this way…

Finding Rest

Man was created by God for work. For the Christian, life without work is meaningless; but work must never become the meaning of one’s life.

Finding fulfillment in the work God created us to do requires that we take a break.

Work is one of the primary means by which we fulfill our true purpose: to glorify God, serve the common good, and further God’s kingdom. God reminds us of this on the seventh day of creation.

God worked for six days, and then he rested – not because he was tired but because he had “completed his work.” God teaches us that work is not an end in and of itself. This is why he instituted the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy 20:8-11, God repeats this idea again in the Ten Commandments when he says to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

Today culture views work as an end. Work supplies our identity and gives meaning to our lives by maximizing success and money through our labor. Our work is never finished, and the constant drive to prove ourselves destroys our ability to find rest. We can’t sit still and unplug. This drive also inhibits our ability to find fulfillment in our work.

This distortion of work’s purpose cripples our chances of finding true joy and fulfillment in our work. It also hinders and distracts us from worshipping God. When divorced from God, all work degenerates into pure self-centered ambition.

The only thing that will silence the condemning voices driving so many of us to the brink of exhaustion is the biblical discipline of Sabbath rest.

Correctly practicing the Sabbath brings about a new spiritual understanding of both work and the whole of our lives. The purpose of the Sabbath is not rejuvenation in order to be more productive. Nor is it only the pursuit of pleasure.

Instead, the purpose of Sabbath is to enjoy:

  • God
  • Joyful worship with God’s people
  • God’s glorious creation
  • Time with family
  • Life in general
  • Your accomplishments, achieved through God’s help
  • The freedom found in the gospel, freedom from slavery to any material object or human expectation

The Sabbath is a time to unplug from our vocational work. The author of Hebrews writes that we have to labor diligently to enter God’s rest. We have to work hard at disconnecting from what we do the other six days and really enjoy the release and peace that God has designed for us on this holy day. Sabbath keeping has to be intentional.

Setting aside one day in seven to observe the Sabbath will begin to change the way we see our work and what it can and cannot accomplish.

We should love the vocational work God has given us so much that he makes us take off a day every week. Let Sabbath rest rejuvenate you and your work.

–from Finding Fulfillment in Work (Day 6)



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?



contentment 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:

Finding Contentment

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?

–from day 5 from Finding Fulfillment in Work

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Realizing it matters makes a difference!

Do you realize that your work matters? Do you realize that you are where you are for a purpose? Do you realize what you do has an impact and makes a difference? Not only to you, but also to those who are around you!

If you said “no”, that may be the first step to ensuring that you finding fulfillment at work! It matters how we prioritize! It matters how we act! It matters how we talk! It matters that we care! It matters that we serve others! By being outward focused it helps us to find fulfillment! By not being self-centered and self-focused, we aren’t worrying or moping to ourselves, but we are looking for ways to be able to make a difference! We are open to the guiding of the Spirit to lead us and guide in the right direction! We are looking for ways to bless others! We are looking to God for wisdom and direction rather than just trying to go about life trying to figure things out on our own! Jesus didn’t just come so that when the end comes we will get to live in Heaven and have a great afterlife, He also came so that we can have life and life to the full now too. So let’s make the most of now with great expectations for what is yet to come!

Today’s reading speaks to what is yet to come like this…

The New Heaven and the New Earth

 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem

 9Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
–from Revelation

And being selfless, we need to help others come to the realization of who Jesus is and how important it is that He come in and be a part of their life! Jesus is the answer! And it’s not something just for you and me, but for everyone around us too! So let’s be selfless and share His love with others! Let’s be selfless and be willing to give a reason for the joy and hope that is within us! Let’s be selfless and give love as we have received love from God! God Is Love! And you know how love is right? Which means that is how God is! And that is how we should be too! Let’s be selfless and give forgiveness as we have received forgiveness! As we forgive others, God will forgive us!

So are you ready to find fulfillment in everything you do? Are you ready to make each day count for a higher purpose? Are you ready to put God first? Will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then let God take care of the rest? Do the best you can and let God take care of the results!

Today’s devotional from day 4 of Finding Fulfillment At Work speaks to today’s reading this way…

Work will be Restored.

God may care about my work today, but it won’t matter in the long-run, will it?

Here is the good news: Christ came not only to redeem the world and our work, but also to one day restore it forever. The final chapter of God’s redemptive story is Restoration, when there will be a New Jerusalem in a New Heaven and New Earth. Christ will return, the earth and heavens will proclaim his glory, and we will live with him forever.

We yearn for this day to come. Through Christ’s redemption and God’s grace, we glimpse beauty in the world around us and can recognize God’s glory in it. However, the beauty of God reflected in his creation today is just a taste of what is to come. We await the day when all things will be restored.

A New City

In Revelation 21, we learn that the New Jerusalem is a real, physical city, a symbol of human culture. It is the old creation restored, renewed, and rebuilt. God’s material creation of earth will not be lost in Restoration; it will be renewed. The physical world today will not all be lost forever.

Our work on earth has meaning and eternal significance as we help advance the garden in Genesis to the new city in Revelation. The best of the physical world today will carry over into the New Earth and be restored, and so will the best of our work. If our daily work, done for the glory of God and the common good of others, carries into the New Heavens and New Earth in some way, then our present work is overflowing with immeasurable value and eternal significance!

Made in God’s image, we are to create through our work things from the raw material he has given us. We were created to be co-workers with God, to make, build, and shape the world to benefit all of creation. This is why J.R.R. Tolkien, the well-known author of The Lord of the Rings, called man a sub-creator. Tolkien would also state that one of the ways man glorifies God is through the sub-creation of works that echoes the true creations of God. While our work has been redeemed, it awaits the second coming of Christ to be restored. We can enjoy our work while realizing it will never be perfect in this current realm, but that it will carry value into the next realm.

Acknowledging that our work can never be perfect does not give us a pass. God still expects us to work as hard as we can to do the best at whatever he has called us to do.

The hope we find in the gospel applies to our work and helps give us an eternal perspective of significance. God’s design for mankind is a flourishing human culture.

So then, by striving to glorify God in our daily work – whether it be engineering, teaching, art, law, medicine, theology, non-profit, marketing, etc. – we help bring about the global flourishing he has designed for his creation.

All God-honoring work is kingdom work.

How does an eternal perspective change the way you view your work?

–from Finding Fulfillment At Work

Want you work to be of worth?

Want your work to not be in vain? Want your work to be fulfilling? Want your work to have purpose? Then be steadfast, be immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord! When we are working in the Lord, our labor is not in vain!

Yes, there will be struggles! Yes, there will be obstacles! But in them we will see glimpses of success! Yes, there will be brokenness! Yes, there will be pain! But in them there is still hope!

Today’s Reading dives into this subject as follows…

The Resurrection of Christ

 1Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

 12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. 29Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30Why are we in danger every hour? 31I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

 35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

 50I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

–from 1 Corinthians 15

When we turn our lives over to God, when we turn back to Him as our source, when we ask Jesus into our hearts and start to live in relationship with Him, life changes! We are new creations! The old is gone and the new has come! We bury the dead and are reborn a new! We are redeemed!

Now imagine that power and purpose in your work and efforts! Redeem your work too!

I have had people speak to me about work, about their worries and concerns! I express how for me I do my best and then I let God take care of the rest! When you live and work with the mindset that you are working for God, it transforms it all!

Be it the verse:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

–from Colossians 3:23


rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

–from Ephesians 6:7


Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

–from Proverbs 16:3

It all points to the same thing! It all points to the truth that if we want our work to be fulfilling, we need to be working as unto God not unto man! And when we put His purpose and plans first, then He will take care of the rest!

Yes, there was the fall in the garden that we have to deal with in this fallen world, but that isn’t where we should stay or end or live! Jesus came that we would have life and life to the full! Jesus came to redeem our lives from where it was to where it should be! We are saved by grace through faith as a gift so that nobody can boast! We didn’t do anything other than receive it! And if you haven’t accepted it or received it and are living in the old life and the old way, maybe today is the day you will take a moment and ask Jesus into your heart and start the journey!

Want to talk about it? Leave me a comment as I am happy to talk with you, pray with you, and share God’s love with you in and through it all.

Today’s devotional (Finding Fulfillment At Work-day 3) is on this subject and here is an excerpt to hear it from another person’s perspective!

Work is Redeemed.

After months of hard work, the deal goes through. Sales skyrocket after a new product launches successfully. A new member to a team adds value and energy. Projects are completed on time.

In the midst of struggle and obstacles, we see glimpses of success. In the brokenness of work, we have hope. Thanks to God’s grace, we aren’t stuck in the Fall forever.

In Genesis and the creation story, we learn the origin of our work. In the Fall, we know the difficult realities of work. Christ lived an earthly life and died a horrific death to pay the wages for our sin. This sacrificial act redeems and frees us from a life enslaved to sin. We can begin to see the untangling of the sinful consequences of the Fall. We get a foretaste of the world to come, of how things could be. However, we still face the obstacles of sin in our daily work. We await the final restoration when Christ returns to make all things new.

A Christ-centered Perspective

A redemptive, Christ-centered perspective helps us see the significance and hope in our mundane jobs.

Jesus’ days on earth ultimately make our most ordinary days significant. He died to redeem our sin and all of creation, including work. Without Christ’s redemption, our work would be plagued by our sin. Now, the work of our hands matters. We can help bring redemption to every facet of work, furthering God’s kingdom.

We are called to serve faithfully in our vocation in light of the gospel. Our vocation may not be to take the gospel to new places and preach it to people who have never heard it, but it is still important to be faithful in the mundane.

As we do our daily work, we should do it with the hope of the resurrection when everything will be set right and sin will be no more. We should strive to bring order to disorder, treat others with love, and demonstrate integrity in all that we do.

Our work, if it is done for God’s glory through his grace, demonstrates the nature of God’s kingdom.

Christ’s sacrifice frees us from the grips of sin today, not just eternally. Because of Christ’s redemption, our work holds significance, and when done to God’s glory, our work is good.

The garbage man works every day to keep God’s creation clean. The accountant brings order to chaotic finances and spreadsheets. The doctor redeems sickness and heals pain. The teacher shares knowledge and skills with children and adults. The artist and musician capture, interpret, and portray truth in many forms. Every good and moral job can bring redemption to God’s creation.

How do you see the effects of redemption in your work?

–from Finding Fulfillment At Work-day 3

So will you put Jesus in the center of your life? Will you allow Him to be the north star for your life? Will you allow Him into your heart and clean out the junk of the past and redeem not only you and your life, but also your work, your relationships, and more? Will you do what is best and what is right and allow God to take care of the rest?

Ask Jesus into your heart! It’s not just about rituals and routines, it is about a true living relationship with Him! He will be with you, never leaving you nor abandoning you! His Spirit will give you wisdom and direction, discernment and correction when you open yourself up to His purpose, His plans, His will!

We may make a plan for today, but it is God that directs our steps.

I look at my calendar and ask God to use it for His will and His purpose!

Throughout the day I will watch some meetings disappear and others stick around! His way is incredible!

So what will you do? Do you want your life to be fulfilling?