Psalm 127:1–2 (NKJV) —
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
Psalm 127 is one of those often repeated passages from the Bible. The truth so evident here is that anything…and I mean anything…is futile unless the Lord is in it. You can think you are doing great work. You can think you are the smartest and best and the hardest working person out there, but unless the Lord is in it, it is all in vain. I have learned, or more importantly been taught by the Lord, that He is in control of everything in my life. I no longer believe in coincidence, but know that everything in my life is providence. The Lord is the one who makes me a success and the Lord is the one who puts me through trials. Does that mean I can be a slacker? Does that mean I should sit back and just let the Lord work? No, the Lord can work whether I am a slacker or not, but He expects me to be sober and responsible with what He has given me.
Jesus told a parable about this very thing. He compares His servants in this world to the servants of a rich man. Each servant is entrusted with growing the wealth of his master. When they are responsible he praises them. When they are irresponsible, he chastises them. Jesus expects us to be responsible with everything He gives to His glory. All that good He does for us is for His glory. We are entrusted with His Spirit and we are to share the love of Jesus with the world. Even in our workplace, our work should glorify Him. And when we are responsible with that to which He has entrusted us, we will be rewarded.
Matthew 25:21 (NKJV) — 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Have you hidden away what the Lord wants you to use? Or, are you faithful with the gifts of the Lord? Do you glorify Jesus in your work? Let’s glorify our Lord in the work we do.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Proverbs 10-12
- Day 2 – Proverbs 13-15
- Day 3 – Proverbs 16-18
- Day 4 – Proverbs 19-21
- Day 5 – Proverbs 22-23
- Day 6 – Proverbs 24-26
- Day 7 – Proverbs 27-29