Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To What Purpose?

What is the purpose of your work? 

Courtesy of Faithwalk Photography

Each one of us woke up this morning with about 10-12 hours of day to spend today. Tomorrow we will do it again and then again the next day, Lord willing. Seeing so much of those hours will probably be filled with some kind of productive labor, it is very relative that our work is an investment in something beyond ourselves. If we are servants of Christ, it's imperative that our work carries the tone of the urgency of eternity. 

So let me ask again. What is the purpose of your work?

For the past couple of years, I've really wrestled with this question. I would think about it falling asleep. It filled my mind as I drove our curvy Ozark roads. And for a long time, I didn't have an answer. It tormented me. I prayed. I searched the Bible, looking for some direction, some inkling of clarity for what purpose Jesus had called me to.

But just as a rose slowly blossoms in the spring, some answers are finally starting to unfold. I'm still waiting for God to fully piece this quilt together, but slowly a shape is forming. Just like every area of our lives, God has a lot to say about our work and why we do it. The application may differ. A teacher will apply it differently than a gardener; and a midwife's manner will differ still. But as I continue to read my Bible, I'm finding our work - in fact our very lives - need to be focused on one thing.

Making disciples. 

After our personal faith in Christ and loving Him with every bit of our being, what can be more important than teaching others Jesus’ commands? What more vibrant way can we love our neighbor as ourselves? What better expression of our love for Jesus than obeying the final command He gave on earth?
So as you continue to mull over what is the purpose of your work, can I encourage you to also ask how you can use that work to make disciples? For most of us, going into all the world won’t be any further than our own homes, churches, friends and communities. But without prayer, the Word and intentional obedience, we will never see our common places as a mission field white unto the harvest. 

What might happen if you started looking at the people around you as possible disciples of Christ? Children, customers, fellow craftswomen, those we advertise to, the cashier at the super market. What if we saw them as souls who are either walking in light or in darkness. There is so much about making disciples that we could cover; but for right now, what if we just honestly reckon with where our hearts are on our Master's commands. You and I say we are His servants. What are the eternal results of the work we are choosing to do each day?

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  1. Thank you for these words, Kenzi; they challenged me!! Shared on Facebook. :-)

  2. Praise the Lord it was a blessing! :) Thank you, Rebekah, for reading and sharing your encouraging words!!

  3. As life goes in each day, it is easy to get caught up in the swirl of the temporary. Thanks for the reminder of the eternal things!

    1. I agree, friend. Thank you for sharing!! :)

  4. Once again, excellent words of wisdom. Thank you so much! Love you!

  5. Aw, thanks Grammy! Love you too! :)

  6. Articulate and clear. I personally have found that the best way to communicate with people about Christian values is to let them know that you are real and not religious - not suggesting anything about you here, just making a general reference. I think this is the example Jesus set. He got involved where people were. He talked their language and appreciated where they were at. He didn't care about being viewed as a glutton or wine bibber by the 'holy crowd.' He involved Himself in the secular and the holy. When I started my google + I decided to follow this example and embrace both aspects of life. I don't really care what anyone else thinks, if I can hear the Lord say, "Well done good and faithful servant," that's the only thing that matters for anyone of us. And I'm still learning with everyone who seeks to be 'perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.'

  7. Thanks for sharing, Patrick! I appreciated your comment about being real and not religious. What an easy trap hypocrisy can become anytime we start trusting ourselves instead of Christ!