Friday, January 18, 2013

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to Work I Go!

Filled with the Spirit for Work

Exodus 31:2  See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3  And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5  And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

Rising early, knocking off a couple of cups of Joe, kissing the spouse goodbye and heading off down to the plant or the office could possibly be one of the most spiritual things you do.

Bezaleel was filled with the Spirit of God as a metal worker. Sure, it was to build the house of God, but isn’t that what you are doing with the tithe from your paycheck? Isn’t that what you are doing as you testify for the Lord at work? God has a work for each of us to do and it is a spiritual work. It may not be to preach from behind a pulpit or to traverse land and sea in missions work. The fact is, your secular job is seen as holy work, meant to minister to others and bless God.

Besides that, your job requires that you be filled with the Holy Spirit. You need joy, love, longsuffering, goodness, self-control, peace at work more than anywhere else. You need witnessing power on the job as much as when you are on visitation. Your job needs wisdom and grace and strength that a Spirit-filled believer affords.

Perhaps you have been looking at what you do from 9 to 5 as a curse, a way to keep food on the table and a roof overhead. But really, your job is your ministry for God and deserves your best, which comes only when the Spirit empowers you to operate in a realm above and beyond your powers.

Lord, fill us with your Spirit for what you have for us to do today. Lead us, empower us, use us. Thank you for the sweetness and power of Your Holy Ghost. In Jesus' name, Amen!


Burl Faulk said...

Amen! Brother Gary! All CHRISTians are called to be ministers for our SAVIOR. The term 'minister' is taken from Latin minister “servant, attendant”... We serve HIM when we attend to the needs of others.

Pastor Fuller said...

You know, Burl, I meant to add truck driving to "office" and "factory"