May 4, 2107
There’s a certain pride to be found in the minds of those of us who work very hard, put in long hours at the office, achieve our goals or quotas, and do it without praying very much. After all, if we put in 80, 90 of 100 hours of work a week at the office or on the road for our business (or ministry) we can look back and see what we have accomplished from the sweat of our brow. Frankly there is pleasure in seeing the fruits of our labor and sacrifice.
I am not very patient with people that are lazy, unmotivated to finish a task or slovenly in their work. But the danger in my life is trying to work harder and harder; staying up later and later; taking fewer days off and pushing myself to the point of exhaustion and then thinking that God must be proud of me.
It’s not the work that matters, but the relationship to Jesus Christ. It’s not the hours of toil that make the difference, but the intensity of my prayers. It’s not the focus on the tasks to be completed that bring a smile to God’s face, but my preparation to drop everything to help the “least” one of God’s children when the opportunity arises.
I have found this year that the more I pray the easier the day is. The more I sincerely seek Him, His will and His Kingdom, the more abundantly I am blessed. The best way to humble a man is not to ask him how hard he works, but how often he prays. Truly prayer has made the difference this year for me. I often find myself so caught up in my conversations with God that I am late to a staff meeting or forgetting an appointment. But nothing helps me navigate through the perilous, dark and deep waters of doubt, or worldly challenges, or concerns about my family than my ability to turn to Him in prayer throughout the day. In fact, I find myself wanting to be alone more and more just so I can be in fellowship with Him. I have discovered the joy of talking to God.
It’s good to do work excellently for the glory of God. It’s also proper to have a vocation and a skill that can provide you with an income and financial security. But it is essential to be in intimate communion with Him to enjoy the abundant life Christ offers.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”