Alarm Clock

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.    1 Timothy 2:3-4 (The Message)

[Jesus said,] “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”   Matthew 12:36-37 (HCSB)

What motivates you to get up in the morning? Is it a positive thing like: I have a job to do and I want to do it to the best of my ability? Or is it a more negative thing like: If I don’t get up and get to work, I won’t have a job and be able to provide for myself and my family?

My motivation depends on the morning – and on the job. I’m just being honest here. In all of the jobs I had in my “nursing season,” my reasons for going to work were positive, up until the last six months or so that I was at the job. Even before I committed my life to Jesus and building His Kingdom, I saw nursing as something one did for reasons beyond money and status. It isn’t a high paying job and it is difficult to find the “status” in many of the tasks I had to do. For the 34 years that I was a nurse, I had six different jobs. I didn’t move around much. I left those jobs to have babies or because the bureaucracy grew and outweighed the pleasure of what I was doing for people.

My current position as partner and editor with my husband in a Christian publishing company stack the odds in my favor that I will continue in this ministry because my partner and I have put Jesus as the CEO of the ministry.

Whether our job is in our home or for employer, Jesus has called us to serve, every day. And these two Scriptures today are examples of the question: What motivates us to do our jobs every day? Because every day, whether intentionally or not, we are witnesses to who Jesus is if we call ourselves His disciples. Every person we meet can be left with an impression of Jesus whether we speak of Him verbally with our lips, act as He would act, or silently pray for someone and trust the Holy Spirit to do as He will.

I am going to be thinking about this questions today and through the weekend. I will be asking the Holy Spirit to shine His Light of truth on me. How about you?

Love You So Much written by Russell Fragar and sung by Darlene Zschech




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