2017-02-22 - Do the Work
“By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it, he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2-4 NIV)
We serve a powerful and mighty God, the only true living God; He did the work. And as His children, should we choose to acknowledge and follow him, we need to see this very example of doing the work he sets before us. Before our souls were put into human form, and placed on this earth, he took the time to prepare everything he felt necessary in the manner he felt best - to help us along our journey.
Sometimes I think we focus too much on big things and forget that the little things. We are not God, and the grand scale in which he works is not what we are prepared to do the moment we are born, and in most ways, we won’t ever be grand. He allows us to be grand through Him. (“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13) And we can always rest in him, whether at work or in a time of refreshing ourselves. So God starts off with his example of how to work and then rest and refresh - and I don’t know about you, but if that’s how he rolls, then that’s exactly what I want to do.
We’ve got to crawl before we walk, walk before we run, learn sounds before we speak, learn letters before we write, make phrases before learning sentences, have thoughts before forming ideas. We have to do the work. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV) to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:12 NIV)
And the work, being for his glory, must be to the best of our knowledge, with all the ability we have been given by him. God finishes what he starts, and he attended to every detail of his plan so it would be perfect. While our work is an extension of him, we need to attend to details, not to get credit or to draw attention to ourselves, but just the opposite. When we are thorough and focused - with him being at the center - then He is what others will see, with no distractions from anything we may have tried to skip, to get to the end.
So if you’re singing a song, practice the notes and words, so people don’t get hung up on what’s off the mark. Should you write poetry, get the stylistic details correct. If it’s supposed to rhyme, then pick the best words; if it is supposed to have a specific number of syllables, then choose carefully. If you are baking a cake, then make sure you have all the ingredients you need before you start, and follow the directions. If you make a dress, then have the materials you need, the equipment to sew it and the design prepared to work from to make it.
It baffles me how people, myself included at times, find it stunning when things go awry, when they haven’t taken the proper time to prepare their best. Sure, things go wrong even when we do so, yet it’s no excuse for not even trying. And if you’re not going to try then, just don’t be surprised when it has less than a desired result. And if our goal is to glorify God, we need to try even harder to keep the focus off our flawed selves, so He can shine through us. Our flaws are not the problem, only our using them as an excuse to not do the work.
“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.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
I’m so grateful that my Father in heaven always gives me his best, no matter what happens, and no matter how much I may not deserve it at any given moment. His example gives me the courage to try again, giving him my best. Are you doing all “as unto the Lord”?
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted