how are you employed?
Day by day most of us travel to work and are occupied with whatever tasks we must undertake in our employment. We have sought out a job because of the necessity to earn a living and are fortunate if we have found a job that we like and can gain some satisfaction from our work. Whilst at work the focus is upon whatever needs to be done to achieve the aims and objectives of our role. If we are a conscientious worker then that is recognised in one way or another and at the very least, we receive a wage for our labours. If we are less than diligent and resent being at work, then time passes slowly, morale is low, standard of work is unsatisfactory and sooner or later we will lose our job.
When not at work, either during the evenings or on our days off, our time is generally spent ‘working’ at whatever jobs need to be done for ourselves. In one way or another we are fully ‘employed’ in achieving whatever is needed to fulfil the varying needs, desires and objectives we have in our day to day lives. This level of work apart from the routine ‘chores’ is enjoyable and something we would willingly spend more time engaged in, particularly in our hobbies and other interests.
Now with this in mind, how are you employed in the service of God? Are you a willing worker or a shirker? How much time do you spend in His service compared to your own service? There is not a day that should go by without some work being done for God, something that serves Him by contributing towards seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness. Moreover this time and effort should be willingly and enthusiastically given. Any lack of enthusiasm or service grudgingly given will affect not only our own morale in the Truth, but also the zeal and morale of our brethren and sisters.
The Lord our God can be served by any, be they young or old, male or female, inexperienced or experienced, all He asks for is a willing attitude of mind and sincere desire to seek His ways. Acceptable service is shown by diligence in all aspects of life, but most of all by a humble willingness to put aside self and selfishness. Willing service is shown by the putting on of a Christ-like attitude of mind and displaying Christ-like characteristics in our contacts with brethren and sisters and with those in the world about us. Willing service is shown by dedication to ecclesial activities and support for our brethren and sisters. Willing service is shown by putting aside our own plans, even when activities in God’s service come at ‘inconvenient’ times.
Most of all we serve God by ensuring that we are ready for whatever duty may come. We can prepare by taking steps to make sure that we are strong in the faith, knowledgeable of the His word and putting His word into action day by day. Willing acceptable service is about preparation, being reliable and diligent, being in a position to help, support and encourage our brethren and sisters and to preach the word in season and out of season.
Time must be made each day for reading, study and meditation, no matter how busy we may be. Time must be made to “seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.” Therefore says Paul, “set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col 3:1-3
Now Peter said:
“I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” Acts 10:34-35
and Paul writes:
“There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favouritism.” Rom 2:9-11
So then, strive to be a willing worker and not a shirker! God will accept those who revere Him and do what is right. The Lord our God displays no favouritism, all who seek Him will receive a just reward, a gift that only He can bestow, the promise is clear:
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory”