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Working With Our Hands For Christ
9/28/2012

“And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure…” 1 Corinthians 4:12 (NKJV)

Being part of a mobile church for many years, I have been blessed to work with many men and women who will do whatever is needed to serve the body of believers.  Their love for God draws them to come early and to stay late to serve at church services—knowing there are needs, from setting up chairs, tables and classrooms for children’s ministry, to tearing everything down, packing it away, and cleaning restrooms.  Needless to say they are not afraid of working with their hands. 

One of the most amazing things about these people who volunteer is most of them work full-time jobs, and yet they are here at church faithfully for each service and activity to serve where there is a need.  They could just as easily stay home and relax, and live a fairly relaxed life, but they desire to be used by God to further the kingdom—doing what some would consider menial tasks.  When I think about this I am reminded of how the Apostle Paul lived his life in a very similar fashion. 

Paul worked very hard to further the kingdom of God by traveling throughout parts of the world to share the gospel message.  He would evangelize, set up new churches, and do whatever was needed. Paul could have settled down in any one of these churches and been justifiably compensated, but he wanted to avoid being a burden to anyone else, so instead he chose to use his hands to make tents to sell to provide for his physical needs.  Paul would do ministry in the morning, then go make tents during the middle of the day, and then return to doing ministry in the evenings.  His whole life revolved around being used by God, and he didn’t care what this entailed (cf. Acts 18:3, 20:34, 1 Thess 2:9; 2 Thess. 3:8).

As I think upon this I am reminded of how we can get so distracted by the enemy in building our earthly kingdoms, rather than our heavenly ones.  We can get so focused on our jobs that we can lose focus of the great commission we have been given by Jesus (Matt. 28:18-19), or not allow any time to serve in the church.

It really doesn’t matter whether we are working at the church full-time, or in the secular workplace; each of us has been given unique giftings, talents and abilities to further the kingdom of God.  Each of us has been called into ministry, and our ministry should never be confined to any certain location.    Jesus told His disciples, “As you go” share the gospel message (Matt. 10:7).  This means we should be ministering to everyone we encounter, wherever we go—even while we faithfully work with our hands to provide for the needs of our family (1 Tim. 5:8).

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)

Ultimately everything we do should be done as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31).  So, as we go throughout our day let’s look for opportunities to bless others, and honor our Lord with whatever we put our hands to—knowing we’re working with our hands for Christ. In the end we will be the ones being blessed. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 3:23-24, how should we be working, and what can we look forward to if we do it in a proper manner?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you do your best to do everything as if you were doing it for Jesus?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to labor with our hands for kingdom purposes, and do everything with a happy and cheerful heart—as unto the Lord.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for allowing us to be a part of ministry wherever we go.  Help us to remember that our life has been bought and paid for, and we are Yours.  We invite You to use us in whatever capacity You choose today.  Let us clearly see opportunities to work for You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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