Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org
Monday, September 5, 2011
The Believer at Work
Read | Colossians 3:22-24
The believer’s work is much more than simply a daily job. Anytime we exercise the talents and gifts God has given us, we are laboring for His kingdom. We might be doing something obviously scriptural,like teaching Sunday school or building houses for needy families. Or we may be using our abilities for a more subtle purpose, such as encouraging a sad friend. Whatever we are doing, God expects our work to be done well and with a joyful heart.
• A believer works with energy. As God’s children, we are gifted so we can serve the Lord by serving others. To neglect our talents or to be undisciplined in our duties is disobedient. Paul warned that those who are idle deserve to be shamed (2 Thessalonians 3:10-14).
• A believer works with enthusiasm. The Lord is doing exciting things through our hands. Knowing that we’re participating in His kingdom should be a motivation to make ourselves useful—and to do so heartily.
• A believer works with excellence. The Lord has fitted us with just the right talent to accomplish the work He wants us to do. For this reason, sloppy or half-hearted actions cannot be justified. Though we may at times fail in an endeavor, giving our best effort will always please our Father.
On occasion we all get tired and don’t feel like approaching God’s labor fervently. However, such feelings don’t cancel out our responsibility—we’re here to serve the Lord. Decide today to carry out His work with enthusiasm, excellence, and energy for as long as He gives you strength.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Not Carnality but Christ
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ isall and in all.
Character of the New Man
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, doall in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
The Christian Home
18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.