Work or Worship?

Our main purpose is to worship God in all that we do.

WORK-OR-WORSHIP-Purpose-quoteOur worship can come in many different forms: singing, writing, how we parent our children, the way we listen to our loved ones.  God’s Word does tell us to sing songs of praise to Him, but our Father doesn’t confine worship to music. We can worship God in the way we work at our jobs, in fact, we’re instructed to do just that.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)

We should do all our work to please God and not men.  However, we should never allow work to become our god.  This is the subtle temptation that the enemy will put before us. We spend so much time at our jobs, we can subconsciously make it the most important thing in our lives.  We can begin to think that it’s our source simply because it’s where we get our paycheck.

As sons and daughters of God, we are called to look to Jesus as our source for all things.

“After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.’” Genesis 15:1 (AMP) WORK-OR-WORSHIP-Every-good-gift-quote

God told Abram (who would one day be renamed Abraham) that He would be his compensation. He did not say that He would make a way for him to find compensation. These words are just as true for us today. Our heavenly Father wants us to work and work well, and He will help us find the perfect job. He does not want that job to replace Him as our Lord.

Even though we get paid to spend at least forty hours of our week at our jobs, we should not see them as our provider.

Only God can provide everything we truly need.  When we look to Him as our supplier, shield and compensation, we guarantee that whatever we get will always be good.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17 (NASB)

Praise In The Harvest

Praise in the Harvest - PhotoThe reason I’ve spent so much time writing about receiving God’s harvest is because we all live in a constant cycle of planting, growing and harvesting.

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease,” (Genesis 8:22).

What we haven’t talked about is what to do after you receive your harvest. Our tendency is to plant our seeds in faith, speak and pray over them in faith and watch them grow in faith. When the harvest does come, we praise God for it, then quickly forget the fact that God is the one who brought our harvest. This doesn’t make us evil, but we should never forget where our success comes from.

In Deuteronomy chapter eight Moses warns the people of Israel not to forget God.  “Then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,” (Deuteronomy 8:14).

Praise in the Harvest - Photo-Man in a fieldMoses was letting the people know that success and rest were on the way. They were about to be finished wandering through the desert and finally enter into the Promised Land. God was about to bless them in every way possible and they needed to be reminded Who was blessing them.

They needed to remember where the blessing came from because if they became prideful and forgot God, then they would end up becoming slaves all over again. Sadly, that is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel.

We don’t have to follow their example, though.

We don’t have to forget our Heavenly Father after we receive from Him.

Instead, we need to know that God has more than one great harvest for us. He wants us to continually and increasingly receive from Him.

“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit,” (2 Corinthians 3:18 Amplified Bible).

His desire for us is to increase and improve for the rest of our lives. He wants the cycle of seedtime and harvest to be one of blessing and success.

The only way we break this cycle is by pride. Pride turns us away from God and toward ourselves. Instead of thanking God for all He’s done, we exalt ourselves.

Praise in the Harvest - Photo man praising

However, a lifestyle of praise stops pride in its tracks.

Praise keeps the cycle of blessing going. It moves us from one degree of glory to the next, because it gives us the right perspective. Praise keeps our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). As long as we are fixated on God, we will receive what He has for us.

Maybe you haven’t received what you’re believing for yet. That’s alright. It’s on the way. When it does come, receive it with praise and don’t forget your Heavenly Father. Remember, He’s not through blessing you, so don’t stop praising Him.