Working for God

Yesterday we defined faith and learned that it is dead if it is not accompanied by works. Today, we will look at what works are to be done in faith. Have you ever really thought about doing works in faith? If not, who are you working for? Why do you work?

I dare say that most people in our culture work for themselves and their family. They do not think about working for God. They work to feed, clothe, and provide shelter. Though it is relatively common in first-world countries, most of the world does not work for riches but survival.

Those who trusted in God, trusted he would provide for their daily needs…not a bigger house, nicer car, or fancier clothes. Today, many of our Christian brothers and sisters continue to work for their daily needs. But what or who are we really working for? Why?

Paul tells the Christians in Colossae to work as though they were working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24). To what purpose? To be a good representative of Him. Christians are to have a good work ethic, putting their very best into whatever they do. It is through our example that we speak volumes about Jesus.

God has set our work before us. That means our jobs and more. He has planned for us to help feed the hungry, clothe to naked, and care for the sick. Though we may not think we are equipped to do so, that is where our faith pushes us into the work. We trust that God will provide. He will provide the resources, knowledge, and desire. As stated yesterday, this is faith-works at its best.

I pray we all perform our work as though we are working for God. I pray we set the example for others. I pray each one of us will put our faith to work in doing the good works God has set before us. Do your best at everything you do. Set the example for others. Put your faith to work. Go about the works God has set before you.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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