6/5/21 WORK AS TO THE LORD AND NOT TO MEN Col 3:23 (paraphrased)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an angel? A messenger of God and part of an enormous army of His soldiers? The Lord of Hosts - this name of God we have heard spoken of is actually His position of authority concerning the Host of Heaven: angels. If I was an angel, would I have followed Satan and a third of all angels in disobedience to my supreme commander? There's a pretty good chance that I would have! ...Not saying that my human self would want to turn from the Creator and the Lord of Hosts, but just acknowledging how hard it is not to sin and how we all fall short of what we were made to be and do.
I see this every day when I work for my earthly employer. I struggle to 'do my work as to the Lord and not to men.' The day starts pretty well, usually, with enthusiasm to please God in all I do, and not to react to little annoyances that every job has. Sometimes I'm hijacked relatively early from this lofty goal, and other times I make it for a few hours, but before long I am more concerned about what I think others think of me than 'doing my work as to the Lord and not to men.'
This back-and-forth skirmish in my brain is like watching a tennis match. For a moment the ball is in the Lord’s court and the next it is in my ‘self’ side. I fret and worry about what I’m doing and is it good enough and am I fast enough and… The list goes on. Then I remember that the pressure leaves when I focus on pleasing God. Ahh… Yes. When my motivation is to please the Lord, the extraneous baggage that I drag around is laid at the feet of my Master, and I wonder why I waited so long to ‘do my work as to’ Him rather than men!
You would think that this revelation would last through the day, but it seems it does not take much for me to revert back to worrying about what others think.
But, you know, God is pleased for each choice I make to return to His peace about my work. So, even though that tennis game continues through the day, I’m hoping that my decision to desire ‘pleasing God’ for each and every thing I do has resulted in more time every day seeking to ‘do my work as to the Lord and not to men.’
Reading about Tsadde and the angels in JP Knights is an encouragement to me. You don’t see Kaph asking what Qoph is doing, or complaining that Gimel should take charge. They respect each other and allow each angel to do the work God has given them to do. THAT is what I want to do each day. Concentrate on the good work God has given me to do, do it with motivation, do it responsibly and with a good attitude, not worrying about others and not complaining. My day goes MUCH better when I do my work as to the Lord and not to men!
Dr. Beth Lambert is a Pediatrician and Medical Director in Pennsylvania. JP Knights is the first film from her books.
Kevin & Lynn McAfee along with Jim and Rachel Gromer met to begin the script writing process for JP KNIGHTS the movie. Thanks for praying for the entire team!
Dr. McAfee and the team of GRP with Stephanie Musser met with city fathers in Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn to discuss strategies for shooting in Johnstown.