Friday, September 17, 2010

A Quick, Appropriate Devotion

Quickly - 'cause I've got stuff to do and people to care for....

I have a handful of devotions that come to my inbox. I weed them out often, I get overwhelmed if I have too many to read, and lose the meaning trying to read all of them. There are a few that I've had for years, that I read every day. This series is one of them.

This was my devotion today - from, and their Today God is First series. It's aimed at Christians in the workforce.

I thought it was most appropriate for me, and this week.

Completing the Work
By Os Hillman
September 17

"I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do" (John 17:4). 

Have you ever had a big project to do and felt great when you'd finished the job and it was a big success? Angie worked on a big project in the 1996 Olympics which involved placing 2000 family members of foreign athletes into Christian homes. It was a massive project, but it was a rewarding experience to see the job completed.

The Lord has revealed to us that the number one thing we are to do is love the Lord our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. His desire is for us to know Him and the power of His resurrection. These mandates deal with our relationship with Him. The fruit of this relationship must then result in our glorifying Him by completing the work He has given each of us to do. It will become a by-product of this relationship, not an end in itself.

What is the work God has called you to do? Jesus never did anything the Father had not instructed Him to do. He lived in such communion with the Father that He knew when to turn left and when to turn to the right. Is it possible to have such a relationship with our heavenly Father? I think that if it weren't, He would not have given us such an example.

"Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jer. 33:3). What has He called you to do? Perhaps you are called to be the best lawyer in your city or the best advertising executive or the best office worker or assembly line person in your company. Whatever work He has called you to, He will use you as His instrument to accomplish something that He has uniquely prepared you to do.

When our life is complete, what a glorious day it will be if we can each say, "I have completed the work You gave me to do." This will have brought great glory to Him.