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Working unto the Lord

The work we've been given to do is greater than the job at which we work.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3.23, 24

Life Together
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
“Work plunges men into the world of things. The Christian steps out of the world of brotherly encounter into the world of impersonal things, the ‘it’; and this new encounter frees him for objectivity; for the ‘it’-world is only an instrument in the hand of God for the purification of the Christians from all self-centeredness and self-seeking. The work of the world can be done only where a person forgets himself, where he loses himself in a cause, in reality, the task, the ‘it.’”

We don’t leave the Lord or our faith behind when we go into our work. Rather, work becomes the arena in which we pursue the cause of Christ and His Kingdom, doing all things as unto the Lord. And the work we’ve been given to do as citizens and ambassadors of the Kingdom of God is greater than the job at which we work. We must work diligently, doing all things unto the Lord, and for His glory (1 Cor. 10.31). The challenge, even if our work is based in a Church or other Christian endeavor, is to keep our focus on the Lord and to see our work as He does, so that we will do it always for His glory.

How do you keep focused on the Lord, so that you see your work as He does, throughout the day?

T. M. Moore

The Disciplines of Work
We’ll do a better job in all our work if we understand and make proper use of the disciplines God prescribes for fruitful endeavor. Download our free PDF study, Vocational Disciplines – part of a 7-part study on The Disciplined Life – and begin to improve your work by improving the disciplines that make you fruitful and productive for the Lord (click here).

One in Twelve: Introduction to Christian Worldview
Our free, online course, One in Twelve: Introduction to Christian Worldview, can help you understand your Kingdom-and-glory calling, and live it more effectively and fruitfully. Study at your own pace or with some friends. Click here to learn more.

Thanks to those of you who support our work with your prayers and gifts. Our heavenly Father supports The Fellowship of Ailbe through the generous and faithful gifts of those who benefit from and believe in our work. Does the Lord want to use you in this way? Please look to Him in prayer over this question. You can contribute to The Fellowship of Ailbe by using the Contribute button at our website, or by sending your gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 19 Tyler Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Thank you.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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