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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Learning To Bringing My Love and Work Together

In review of 1 Corinthians 16:14 it says, “Do all your work in love” (GNT).

Today’s verse is 1 Corinthians 16:14. Paul tells me that whatever I do, I need to do with kindness and love.

The apostle Paul says, “Do all your work in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 GNT). He doesn’t say some of my work but all of my work. Earlier he also said that “no matter . . . what I do, I’m bankrupt without love” (1 Corinthians 13:3 The Message).

The point is that any job I do can be turned into worship when it is built on the foundation of Christ’s love. When that happens, his love is expressed through me to co-workers, clients, and customers. Mother Teresa said, “It’s not what I do so much that matters, but how much I you put into it.”

Everyday, I need to pray, “Father, today I want to worship you through my work. I want to express my gifts. I want to do it as if I’m doing it for you, and I want to do it in love.”

I’m also reminded of Romans 12:1, “So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer” (GNT).

Bottom Line:
Do everything in love.

What this means to me:
I am to do everything with love, because without love, I would be no more than a prideful noisemaker.

Seems a clear message has been coming up for me and it deals with my interactions with others who request assistance and work tasks from my team. The volume of work seems overwhelming, and there is so much demand and expectations that it be completely quickly. I try to protect my resources from being overwhelmed, and overburdened. I have been getting defensive and unloving in some of my responses. So, I don’t think my co-workers would characterize me as being loving based on the way I’ve been treating them.

I need to adjust my responses and be more loving in what I do. I need to remember that ultimately I’m doing it for Him. So, today Father I pray that you will help remind me to be loving in my responses. Also help me to not feel overwhelmed and overprotective. It is not their fault they have needs. I pray also Father for your continued wisdom and guidance in handling my work load, leadership and interactions with others. This I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!