Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 25, 2014

Thought for the Week August 31, 2014

Can you believe it? College football has started – hooray! Tomorrow is Labor Day! Where did the summer go? I hope that you got to find some relaxation and spend some quiet and happy time with those you love.

I wonder if they set up Labor Day at the end of the summer because it kind of signaled the return to hectic schedules and work. For the academic world and the church, at least, the calendar really ramps up in September. I suppose that, for anyone who has a child or other family member in school or is connected to a church, the same thing is true. We begin to labor in September.

Ken Horn, Editor or the Pentecostal Evangel, since 1997, posted a short devotional thought back in 2008 that could apply to Labor Day and any day. Let me share it with you:

“This has been a life verse for me: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23, NKJV). There have been times in my life when I did not excel because I did not give it my all. There are also times that I didn’t do too well simply because I was doing it for myself instead of for Jesus.

“This verse will cure a multitude of sins. And sin can even creep into God’s work when Christians do that work selfishly, for their own glory or even out of a sense of obligation to someone else.

“As I get older I realize I need to pour every ounce of energy into everything. This means that even in the ‘non-religious’ things, I need to do them as unto Jesus. This soon eliminates some former priorities. If something can’t be done as unto Him, it shouldn’t be done.

“Recreation, time with friends and family…all of these things can be done as unto the Lord, just as much as the more spiritual things. The key is, we need to give everything our all…and do it for Jesus.”

How would that thought affect your vacation time, your school work, your employment, your leisure time, your devotional relationship with Christ, or your connection to and service in His body, the church? I think Ken has a great thought about all of our labors and leisures – do them all for Jesus. It probably doesn’t get any better than that. My thoughts and Ken’s. Yours?

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