Front-line Missionaries; the American Work Force
Last night our Home Group viewed a video featuring Erwin McManus entitled "What Is Work?" The idea that work can actually be worship was unpacked in a way that only master story-teller McManus can do. I was reminded of Colossians 3:17 & 23. "And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
"Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for man."
That word, "enthusiastically" comes from the words "en" (with) and "theos" (God) When we do something enthusiastically, we do it with, or full of, God. Erwin shared how the first commercial produced by his film company placed 3rd in the Frito-lay contest to be shown during the recent Super Bowl. Later it was rated #8 among "viral" videos because of the millions of "hits". All of this gave him a platform from which to share his faith story with the national press and with upper echelon people in the media industry. That reminds me of something I read in Proverbs 18:16, "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men."
Have you discovered your spiritual gift(s)? Are you utilizing them in your daily work? Do you consider your work place as a place of worship, and your work as a sweet smelling offering on the altar before God?
Tim Tebow may never become a Hall of Fame quarterback, but because he considers his work an act of worship, millions are exposed to Jesus. Even his detractors recognize the diligence with which he goes about his work. That diligence has put him in a position to glorify Jesus before a world-wide audience.
Are you a missionary at work, or a mercenary; just in it for the money? Think about that.