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How’s Your Work Ethic? (1)

How’s Your Work Ethic? (1)

Ever spent much time thinking about what God thinks about your work?

Whether that’s education, part time, or full time stuff, it probably fills up a reasonable amount of your head space. In Colossians, Paul gives us a clear principle to live by: ‘work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord’ (Colossians 3:23). Today we’ll be looking at what to do when ‘work’ is difficult or when you don’t really want to do it ‘as if for the Lord’.

Minor character time. Ever heard of Eliezer? Back in Genesis, Abraham commissioned him with the job of finding Isaac (Abraham’s son) a wife. Bit of a strange-sounding task that, finding a spouse for your own boss’s son. It was not an easy one either; he had to start from scratch. This is where we learn a big lesson from Eliezer: just because it’s your job to do something doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to invite God right into the center of it. The verse at the bottom is a quote: Eliezer prayed for success.

A quick aside: praying for God to be with you is never going to be a bad idea.

We just need to make sure success doesn’t become our god.

If being the best is your reason for getting up every morning, you’ll need to find way to dethrone it.

What Now?

So, God wants to help you meet your potential. Don’t have a clue what that looks like? Under pressure? Read the whole of Eliezer’s success story.

‘O Lord…give me success today.’  Genesis 24:12 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

May 20th, 2014

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