Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A devotion for the day..

Heaven’s calendar has seven Sundays a week. God sanctifies each day. He conducts
holy business at all hours and in all places. He uncommons the common by turning
kitchen sinks into shrines, caf├ęs into convents, and nine-to-five workdays into
spiritual adventures.

Workdays? Yes, workdays. He ordained your work as something good. Before he gave
Adam a wife or a child, even before he gave Adam britches, God gave Adam a job.
“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate
it and keep it” (Gen. 2:15 NASB). Innocence, not indolence, characterized the
first family.

God views work worthy of its own engraved commandment: “You shall work six days,
but on the seventh day you shall rest” (Exod. 34:21 NASB). We like the second
half of that verse. But emphasis on the day of rest might cause us to miss the
command to work: “You shall work six days.” Whether you work at home or in the
marketplace, your work matters to God.

And your work matters to society. We need you! Cities need plumbers. Nations
need soldiers. Stoplights break. Bones break. We need people to repair the first
and set the second. Someone has to raise kids, raise cane, and manage the kids
who raise Cain.

Whether you log on or lace up for the day, you imitate God. Jehovah himself
worked for the first six days of creation. Jesus said, “My Father never stops
working, and so I keep working, too” (John 5:17 NCV). Your career consumes half
of your lifetime. Shouldn’t it broadcast God? Don’t those forty to sixty hours a
week belong to him as well?

The Bible never promotes workaholism or an addiction to employment as pain
medication. But God unilaterally calls all the physically able to till the
gardens he gives. God honors work. So honor God in your work. “There is nothing
better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good”
(Eccles. 2:24 NASB).

Here is the big idea:

Use your uniqueness (what you do)
to make a big deal out of God (why you do it)
every day of your life (where you do it).

At the convergence of all three, you’ll find the cure for the common life: your
sweet spot.

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