Day One: Holy Work

Ephesians 6:5-8 (NIV) Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart [HEART], just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart [SOUL]. 7 Serve wholeheartedly [STRENGTH], as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know [MIND] that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

“Our work is part of our WHOLE person. Our view of our bosses, coworkers, fellow ministry members reflects our WHOLE person worship before the Lord. Think about the opposite – if we find that we work half-heartedly, unenthusiastically, only when the boss or others are looking, only when we are doing our own will — what does this say about our worship?” – [from N. Briggs’ message]

Work is a matter of worship, as we see the Shema-shaped exhortation Paul gives in Ephesians 6:5-8. What elements of our lives need to be brought into whole person worship before the Lord in our studies, work and ministry efforts?

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the calling to work where we are now. We ask that you would fill us with the Spirit so that we can work with a renewed energy and passion for you. Form our hearts with a sincerity to please the one who has called us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– NB