How Do You Do…

“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 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 3:17, 23-24 NKJV

May we all, like Elisabeth Elliot, look at the task that is before us as a gift and privilege from the Father. If we do this, we can turn our actions into an offering of obedience to Him and so do it happily for Him. The Father is continually teaching us throughout our lives. It is our responsibility as disciples to discern the lesson through our current job or task and seek faithfully to learn it. Otherwise, God may keep teaching us the same lesson until we are faithful to learn it. We (read, me, myself and I!) must realize that our God-given job may not be glamorous or of high visibility or even seem spiritual. It may even seem like it’s of no significance whatsoever. However, if it is where God has us and we are faithful to do it for Him, there will someday be a harvest. Always remember that it is Jesus we are serving and not man.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.“
Galatians 6:9 NLT

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was a missionary, author, and speaker who’s first husband, Jim Elliot was martyred by an unreached tribe in Ecuador known as the Auca while attempting to make missionary contact in 1956. Elisabeth later served two years as a missionary to these same people who killed her husband and four other missionary men. Her life of service to Christ has served as inspiration to thousands.

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