Saturday, March 10, 2007

Work Day

Today is work day at our church where we get together to repair, refresh, or replenish whatever needs a little sprucing up. It's a day of working side by side with church family and accomplishing much more as a group than we could singly. It reminds me of olden days where neighbors always reached out to neighbors during times of harvest, barn raising, or simply getting together for an afternoon of fellowship with tables laden with lots of homemade goodies. Many hands make a job so much easier than one working alone.

God's Word speaks much about work. In Ecclesiastes, Soloman recognized work as a gift of God. "A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This, too, is from the hand of God."

God's Word speaks about how we are to work---Colossians 3:23-- "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving."

The motive for our work is found in I Corinthians 10:31 ---"So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

I think in some ways we have lost the old work ethic that generations before us held so highly, and we've lost some of the joy of hard work and the satisfaction it brings from a job well done. Hopefully, today much will be accomplished with many hands working together and we will leave with joy in our hearts knowing that we've worked to honor God, and to make the place where we worship God a brighter, cleaner, cheerier place to welcome family, friends and future family.

Happy toiling!


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