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TODAY'S DEVOTION:    October 13, 2022

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WORK

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25. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:25-28 (KJV)

REFLECTION:

According to Scripture, work is to be part of the believer's life.

We all have daily tasks, and many Christians hold jobs outside the home. Some people view these as drudgery.

Others wake up excited to face the day's challenges.

What is your outlook?

There is an important biblical principle to follow if you are going to enjoy your work:

View yourself as a servant.

This might be hard if you feel unappreciated or your coworkers are difficult.

But consider the example that the Lord set for us.

He was rejected, tortured, and crucified.

Yet Jesus was willing to serve even His tormentors with His attitude and, ultimately, with His life.

Colossians 3:23-24 states, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.."

Dr. Charles Stanley says "When I was in college, this proved to be a valuable perspective. I worked in the bleachery, which was the hottest and most uncomfortable job at the local textile mill. At first, I focused on how much I disliked this position. But I decided to change my attitude and look for opportunities to serve Jesus through my work. For the first time, the heat did not bother me. In fact, I was eager to share my faith with those around me. People listened and responded because they noticed my demeanor."

No job is perfect; each position has negative aspects.

But we can find joy and excitement even in the most menial task when we decide to work for God.

Choose to serve Christ in all you do.

After all, why face each day with dread when you could experience excitement and anticipation?

PRAYER:

Lord, thank You that l can pattern my attitude at work to Your character. Please lead me to be sober minded, patient, faithful to the job You assigned me to serve with. Help me to align my working behavior to display Your character in me. I pray to You, in Jesus Name. Amen.

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