Serving The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - Ephesians 6:7-8 - Serving The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Ephesians 6:7-8 – Serving The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)

Your Work

What attitude do you have toward your work? How wholeheartedly do you go about the work that you have been given? Do you do just enough to get by or do you give it your all and very best when you are at work? What attitudes do you have toward your boss and coworkers? Why are you asking me these questions? Is there something about these questions that you don’t like? No, that’s not it. I don’t have any problem answering your questions. What is it then? Wouldn’t talking about more spiritual matters make better use of our time? Do you think that your work isn’t a spiritual matter? I didn’t think so. I thought work was work and had little to do with spiritual matters. Now, I’m not so sure. Why is that? Your line of questioning has me thinking about the spiritual aspect of all the work that I have been given. That’s good. You need to think more deeply on this subject.

You can’t hide anything at work. Everyone at work is watching you. They are seeing how hard you work. They are watching your attitude toward your work, coworkers and boss. Nothing goes unnoticed. Would you like to be able to share your faith with your coworkers? Yes, I would love to share my faith with my coworkers. If you are lazy in your work or have a bad attitude toward your boss or coworkers, how much of an opportunity will you have to share your faith in me? None, I suppose. That’s right. Who would care what you have to say about anything if they had lost respect for you because of the poor quality of your work or the nature of your attitude? Do I do poor quality work? Do I have a bad attitude towards others at work? That’s not the point I’m making with you. What is your point? I want you to always monitor the quality of your work and the nature of your attitude. I get it. I will do that.

There are two other points that I want you to keep in your heart and on your mind at all times. What’s that? I am your boss. You may think that you are working for an earthly boss. That’s only partly true. All the work that you do in this life you will be doing for me. The quality of your work and the nature of your attitude will be a witness for me to others in the world. The only question is, “Will your witness be a good one or a bad one?” I want to be a good witness for you in all my work. I want do display to others a Christ-like attitude that will be attractive to them. That will be very good. What is your other point? You think your payday comes every two weeks. Yes, I do. That is also only partly true. I will reward you for whatever good you do in this life. Lord, I will remember that you are my boss and that I am working for you. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name through all the work you have given me to do for you.

Lord, at one time I thought I was working strictly for my earthly employer. Now, I know I am serving you in all the work you have given me to do in this life. Help my hard work and positive attitude to be a powerful witness for you in the world. Amen

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Always Full Of Grace

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Colossians 4:5-6 - Always Full Of Grace - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Colossians 4:5-6 – Always Full Of Grace – Growing As Disciples

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

Doors Of Opportunity

Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Do you want to make the wisest use of your time? Do you want to live a life that is attractive to others? Do you want to have opportunities to be used by me? Do you want to be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want to be used by you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I don’t want to waste one second of my life. I want to live a life that is attractive to others. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That’s very good. 

What will help or hinder these desires being fulfilled in my life? That is a very good question. Nothing will waste your time more than acting foolishly and speaking gracelessly. No one is attracted to foolish actions and graceless words. Nothing will hinder your ability to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name than acting foolishly and speaking gracelessly. I want to live wisely and speak graciously. Living wisely and speaking graciously will stand out in the word. People are drawn to wise actions and gracious words. Wise actions and gracious words will open doors of opportunity to you. People will want to know why you are wise and gracious. They will want to know the source of your wisdom and graciousness. On my own I cannot act wisely and speak gracious. Wisdom and grace are not in me. Why do you say that? So often, I have acted foolishly and spoken gracelessly. To act wisely and speak graciously, I will need your help. Yes, you will. Humbly coming to me to admit that you need my wisdom and grace is the beginning of wisdom. Relying on yourself is a continuation of foolishness. Relying on yourself for wisdom and grace is a big waste of your time. I’m sure of that. That’s very good. 

I will guide you to act wisely as you rely on me. I will give you words of wisdom to speak as you rely on me. As you act wisely and speak graciously you will make the most of your time. Your life will not go to waste. People will be drawn to me through your life as you act wisely and speak graciously. I will use your life to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name as you act wisely and speak graciously. That is what I want. That is what I will give to you as you rely on me.

Lord, I have often acted and spoken foolishly with words that were graceless. I know that, no one is attracted to foolish actions and graceless words. Help me to act wisely and speak graciously so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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