Scripture in the Morning #101
Remember again what commands are for – the commands themselves are part of God’s Grace to us, being used by God to move us to blessing and being a blessing. With this in view, we move to our next commands…
Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Perhaps the point here with this command is that we work and we earn so that we can in turn better serve and support and share with others. That is, perhaps work is not so much for self as it is to equip us to have more to share and contribute to our family and those around us. Without working hard, we are less able to contribute in this way. Thus, this command seems to say that we should be motivated to work not so much for our own self – our pride, our reputation, our status – or for our own comfort. Rather, we are to work – and work hard – to earn so that we can have the wherewithal to better serve those around us who depend upon us.
What this perhaps teaches is that generally, nothing we do should be for ourselves primarily – rather that all we do – work included – is for the use of the Lord and His Kingdom. That is, what we have and what we earn should be viewed as resources to bless God’s people and the people of the world. Or, stated differently, we work to better serve and provide for those the Lord has placed in our lives.
So… how do we view our work? How do we view our things? Do we view our work and our stuff and our money that flows from our work – do we view all this as resources to better equip us to provide for and bless those around us?
Similarly, what of our gifts, our talents?
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Much like the fruit of our labors – our work – the gifts we have, the talents we have are ours by grace – these too are not so much for self as they are granted to us in God’s bounty as resources to better serve and bless others. Food for thought.
This day, may we thank the Lord for all the gifts, all the fruit of our work – and may we seek after His grace to give us a proper perspective on why we have such gifts.
Have a great day.