12, August 2013

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Working in the Kingdom (3)

‘The father [or mother] of a righteous man has great joy…’ Proverbs 23:24 NIV

The hardest work is sometimes the most overlooked work. A husband came home from work one day and the house was an absolute mess. Clothes were strewn all over the floor, dirty dishes filled the sink, the kids were crying, the beds were unmade, the bathroom smelled badly and the TV set was blaring. When he asked his wife what was going on, she replied, ‘You know how you ask me every night what I did all day? Well, today I didn’t do it.’ If you’re a stay-at-home mum or dad, God considers your work to be important. It’s more important to the future than just about any other profession – because you’re determining the quality of the next generation. Martin Luther said, ‘What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in Heaven for our Lord.’ One day God will say, ‘Well done,’ to parents who cared for children – bathing them, feeding them, cleaning up after them – when they were tired and thought nobody was looking. Somebody is looking. Somebody is keeping track. It is worth it! You are the one who makes your work significant – not the other way round. When you discover the gifts God has given you and the passions He has placed within you, and put them to work in the service of values you deeply believe in – you are ‘working for God’ in the truest sense. So each day ask God to make your work go well. And try to identify the larger picture in your work that makes it a ‘calling’.

SoulFood: 1 Chr 12:23-15:29, Luke 12:35-48, Ps 119:33-40, Pr 20:28-30

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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