21 Days to Finding Eternal Purpose in Your Work

Day 12

Day 12 introduces a concept that we don’t talk much about, the smell of results…

Devotional Point 4 today: Work in a way that spreads the aroma of Christ today!

Scripture 4 today: “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15 NIV

Reflection 4 today: The discharge or incense has been a part of all religious ceremony until the last few decades, it still is in some Catholic Churches, but not Protestants. It was also part of Roman victory parades where the captives were marched through Rome and then executed. In our day, it is associated with the smells of home cooking and the peace of the home. We all know when something smells good and bad. Our work smells really good to anyone and everyone who gets near it what a great way to describe the work of the work of Christians…

Day 11

Day 11 gives us the focus on why god has us working like He does…

Devotional Point 4 today: we are to act as his agents of redemption…

Scripture 4 today: “He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Matthew 13:33 NIV

Reflection 4 today: I did not know this, but the concept of “yeast“ is used throughout the Bible in a fairly negative connotation, both in the Old Testament and the New one. I’d always been taught it was in a positive one, sort of explaining the growth of the Gospel in people’s hearts. But here Jesus is not overtly saying it positively or negatively, except to show us that things like yeast when put in flour will cause it to rise big time…

Day 10

Day 10 gives us the context for every dozy of our lives going forward: all power…

Devotional Point 4 today: It was about what he did while he was going.

Scripture 4 today: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:18-19 NIV

Reflection 4 today: The whole experience for these 11 guys must have been unimaginable. They have just spent three years with him and their relationship has gone from a fairly surface to extreme and deep friendship. There is only 40 days from the resurrection to this departure and in that time they see a completely different set of things than the entire three years before that. And then they suddenly find out that he is actually the God of the universe. Gives us a context to “all power“.

Day 9

Day 9 gives us the focal point of all of Christianity: Love…

Devotional Point 4 today: “Love your neighbor as yourself” was a complete sentence…

Scripture 4 today: “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39 NIV

Reflection 4 today: there are a total of 613 commandments that these guys were talking about. Could have been quite a daunting question, but Jesus turned the entire thing around on them. However, in doing so he cuts to the heart of the difficulty we have in every day life: loving our neighbours. This is not a tactic to use to share the gospel or anything else, it is an end in its self. We have been taught that this is a tactic, part of our transformation is understanding just tell important this is on its own…

Day 8

Day 8 gives us the reasons we can so so well at work, “immovable”…

Devotional Point 4 today: Your work matters because it is a means of glorifying the character of God…

Scripture 4 today: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

Reflection 4 today: all of our days are filled with things that “move“ us, however Paul is saying that we are not to allow anything to move us, good or bad. Sometimes good things can move and distract us just as much as bad. He wants each of us to approach each day and every part of that day with a blank slate, doing it all for the glory of our God. When we grasp and understand the power of the resurrection in our lives, we are focused on the daily work of the work in glorifying Him, and nothing moves us…

Day 7

Day 7 gives us the secret to success in work, it is called working with your whole heart…

Devotional Point 4 today: working in response to unconditional favor is intoxicating…

Scripture 4 today: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23 NIV

Reflection 4 today: In Paul’s day, 50% of the population were slaves. These words are just as important for us today as they were 2000 years ago. We are taught from an early age to keep our feelings and our own emotions about work to ourselves and “get on with it“. Here, Paul is telling us that we need to put our “whole heart“, all our emotions into our work. This is such a rare trait, that it may be the biggest “witness” any of us can every make to those we work with…

Day 6

Day 6 gives us the view on what God is actually doing with his people here…

Devotional Point 4 today: we are all looking for a verdict for our lives—for someone to say we are worthy and our very existence is justified…

Scripture 4 today: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Reflection 4 today: For us, conversion wasn’t any sort of end in itself, it was just step one in the transformation that God planned for each of us before we were born. The evidence of the transformation is the external works’ that he has for us. That Transofrmation happens partially in the actual work of the work, all the everyday stuff, and the focus and results of the works. God has things He wants to get done, and he needs transformed Christians to do it. So What is stopping us???

Day 5

Day 5 gives us tome insight into the value of work and the value of change in a work environment…

Devotional Point 4 today: approximately eighty percent of his adult life, Jesus wasn’t preaching. He was working as a carpenter…

Scripture 4 today: “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:18-19 NIV

Reflection 4 today: every minute of every day is preparing us for some other minute on some other day. Jesus worked for almost 15 years as a carpenter and everyone of those days in every one of those years was preparing him for his ministry. The real truth is that most of us have no idea what God is preparing us for, we know it is something, but we really don’t know what. Which is probably best… so there are really two components to our work: what we are doing and what we are being prepared to do…

Day 4

Day 4 gives us the insight into working with our own hands…

Devotional Point 4 today: there is coming a day when work will be fully redeemed.,,

Scripture 4 today: “No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isaiah 65:22 NIV

Reflection 4 today: Most of the “work psychology” today is based around how to make work acceptable enough to get people to do the work of the work well enough to produce results for the company or agency. Not making work so good that you can hardly wait to get there every day… Clearly working directly for God Himself puts a considerably different “spin” on why we work, and causes us to put work issues on our private prayer lists to ensure we are talking with God every step of the way in it…

Day 3

Day 3 gives us a look at the future, when the ugly pain parts of work are gone…

Devotional Point 4 today: Work is hard because we still live in a fallen world.

Scripture 4 today: “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV

Reflection 4 today: Interestingly, the word “new” in these verses, means new in character, because that is God’s focus with us, our character. I’d always thought we’d go to a heaven that was somewhere else and that the whole earth would blow up and be gone, but that’s not true. Just like I have a new character, the earth will be new. I’m still the same me, but with new character, the same for the earth. So we’d better do a better job making it work better…

Day 2

Day 2 gives us the thing that underlies everything we do…

Devotional Point 4 today: Work was designed to be a very good, God-like, worshipful thing…

Scripture 4 today: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 NIV

Reflection 4 today: Our work is something that we are given to do to make the world the way God created it. His creation was a great starting point, but only that, a great starting point. The world needed to be transformed to support the population it does today, in the same way, our lives need to be transformed to be useful to God’s plan. A transformed world with transformed people doing the transforming…

Day 1

Day 1 of this new series dives straight into God’s value of work…

Devotional Point 4 today: work is God-like and a way we reflect His character to those around us…

Scripture 4 today: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today: Virtually all the commentators, just like 99% of the churches read these verses and focus on the whole concept of the rest God took after the creation. Not one focuses on the work that God did in those 6 days of work. Interestingly it was actual work that God had to do to create the world we live in. It was not just the snap of the fingers “Big Bang”, it took work, even for God. The message? Anything worthy of anything requires actual work to make it happen…

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