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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Working for Jesus

 We should desire to give God nothing short of our best. Today our church is hosting 50 teenagers who are here for a mission trip. I applaud them and their leaders for giving up a week of their vacation to minister to the needy in our county. For the rest of us remember you can work for God everyday - where God has planted you. He can use you in a mighty way. I was recently reminded about these three Principles for Christians to work by:

Principle #1: Concentrate on the eternal and you won’t need to worry about how much you can get or keep in this life.
God warns us of the peril of wealth. I Timothy 6:6-10 . But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs
Realization (of the eternal) can lead to Revelation (in the present)!

Principle #2: Don’t be greedy. You can be much happier if you don’t have to own everything you see, and know people are more important than property. Who are our neighbors?... but remember
It starts with Jesus! Nothing in the world is worthy of the love we should have for Jesus Christ. I John 2:15. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
 
Principle #3: - Love one another. People are so important, it is vital we treat them right. Jesus in Matthew 7:12: "do to others what you would have them do to you"
Does the world see Jesus when they look at us?


To the extent we carry our Christian principles into the work world, and social world it becomes a Christian ministry. This gives work and life new meaning and dignity. Not just on Sunday, but all week long.


Be Jesus in your workplace, community, schools, and everywhere you are!