Lessons - Devotional - "Worker"

I’m honored to be doing the announcements and devotionals this month. At first I was worried about preparing 4 devotionals in this already very busy month. Then, I found out last week that I wouldn’t need to prepare 4 devotionals after all… because this May has 5 Wednesdays in it.

So I got an early start and had the 1st devotional ready to go on Saturday. I’d decided I’d share a spiritual lesson related to the work I do… and then I heard Steve begin his sermon Sunday evening… and my heart sank as it looked like I’d be preparing another devotional!

It turned out ok though as you’ll see. I really am very happy with the work I do and have been working for the same boss for about 14 years now.

My coworkers and I perform duties of many professions (teachers, recruiters, farmers, fishermen, and even soldiers), but there is great on-the-job training and we help and encourage each other as much as we can.

It is a lot of work though, so we do have a lot of vacancies because many people quit when they find out how much work is involved.

It’s very long hours
• You’re always at work and always on call
• An average person works about 160 hours a month.. we must do that every week
• There are no breaks, vacations, or holidays and
You can’t get someone else to cover for you and do your work

Why in the world would anyone want to work under these conditions? Several reasons:
• Absolute best boss!
• Absolute best benefits!
• Absolute best retirement plan!

Yes, my preferred job title is Christian, my boss who I faithfully serve is Jesus Christ, and I eagerly await retirement with Him when my work is done!

The Master is always looking for faithful workers. If you’re not already on our team, don’t delay, apply immediately.
The Employee Handbook tells us about the hiring process:
• You must HEAR the saving message of the gospel - Rom 10:17
• You must BELIEVE - John 8:24
• You must REPENT of your sins - Luke 13:3
• You must CONFESS Jesus with your mouth - Rom 10:9-10
• You must be BAPTIZED for the remission of your sins - Acts 2:38, Mk 16:16, Rom 6:4, …
Then, the master adds you to His team.

Do be aware though that there is a very strict dress code…
Gal 3:27 - For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Mt 22:12-13 tells of a man who was not wearing the proper clothing – he was bound and thrown out into outer darkness

Christians… Fellow Co-workers… Perhaps it is time for a performance review

More than any other task, serving our Lord should truly be a labor of love
Ecc 5 tells us that its good and proper for man to take satisfaction in his work
What greater satisfaction could one have than having exhausted himself for Christ

Listen to the words written by our fellow laborer Paul…
• I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep
• elsewhere he writes… On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling
• and again… To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy,
So can we conclude that we are good workers if we simply show up to the weekly meetings?

We hear each other sing…
• I want to be a worker for the Lord
• Work for the night is coming
• Let us labor for the master from the dawn til setting sun
…but what kind of work ethic are we demonstrating by our actions?

Know that our vicious competitor will do everything he can to distract you, and pull you away.

Have you lost your focus, your zeal, your love? Let us go to the Master in prayer on your behalf.

This evening I ask each of you to consider the questions, “What kind of work do you do?” and “What kind of worker are you”?

If you need to make a change or correction in your life, in view of God’s Word, I encourage you to do so as together we stand and sing.