Ecclesiastes 3:9-15

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, February 24, 2020 0 comments

by Katie Erickson

Last week in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, we saw that God has a time for everything in our lives, and everything has its appropriate season. In this week’s passage of Ecclesiastes 3:9-15, the Teacher gives his perspective on this idea.

In verses 9-11, the Teacher is pondering the ultimate purpose of things. While we can understand that God has an ultimate plan, we as humans want to understand it! What is the point of everything? That’s the struggle the Teacher is having, and we have this same struggle today, too.

To try and discover that ultimate meaning, we see in these verses that we first need to take care of what we’re supposed to do each day. That is the “burden God has laid on the human race” (verse 10), and when we do what we’re supposed to do, then we see that everything works out beautifully.

The other interesting thing to point out here is in verse 11: “He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” People are the only part of God’s creation that even questions why we are here and that we must have been made for a purpose larger than just fulfilling the burdens of daily life. Animals don’t worry about that. Plants don’t think about such things. The sun and other heavenly bodies just do what they were meant to do. But we humans were created in God’s image, so we have that capability to think about larger issues, and to ponder how all of the little pieces of our lives fit into the Master’s plan for this world. We know that we have a greater purpose, even if we are unable to discern what that purpose is.

With all the pessimistic talk we’ve seen from the Teacher so far, it is good to see in verses 12-13 that he does have some optimism. There is much about life that is enjoyable. We can be happy and find fulfillment and satisfaction in our daily labors. But in all of those good things, we as followers of Jesus Christ need to be careful that we don’t miss what God’s will is for us by getting caught up in the pleasures of earthly things.

Verse 14 says, “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.” We know that whatever God does will stand the test of time. His good works are permanent, and they have a lasting impact on all of eternity, from before time began until after this world has ended. We need to humbly follow Him, knowing that while we seek to grasp the larger picture of our lives, God indeed knows the whole big picture for all of humanity! But if a person does not believe in God and His good purposes, then their life will seem meaningless, and they won’t find their true purpose.

Perhaps we can find our purpose by looking at what God has already done, as the Teacher suggests in verse 15. History does repeat itself, which we can see both from the Biblical record of history and outside of it. God keeps showing us the lessons that His people should have learned throughout history in the hope that we will finally understand and live out our true purpose in life: to live our lives to give Him glory.

Every day we should be asking God what he has for us today. We can make our own plans, but we need to be ready for God's plans to intercept our plans. We are called to walk with God and to listen to Him in everything, even in the daily responsibilities that we have. We know that everything and everyone has an appointed purpose and time, but we may not know what that is until God reveals it to us.

We are all given a choice: will I let God be my focus today? Will I seek Him first? We don't always see the profit of each day, but God does. It may just seem like another day of ordinary routine, but maybe God has something exciting or extraordinary planned for you this day. Perhaps today is the day that we will grasp another small piece of the big picture that God has and our role in His grand plan.

We have the capacity to seek our purpose in this life, and we should ask God to reveal it to us. Perhaps He will give you a big piece of it, or maybe it’ll just be a tiny glimpse, but either way, if we’re not watching for it, we’ll miss it. When we live our lives in light of God’s timing, everything will be beautiful as a part of His perfect plan.

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Serving God’s People

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, February 21, 2020 0 comments

by Charlie Wolcott

The more I read and study Scripture, the more I see that God truly does things differently than we do. I heard this statement that pretty well sums it up: “If you want to know what the will of God is, look at what the world would do naturally, and do the opposite.” God truly does things completely upside down from how we normally would do things. Serving people is among them.

Since the history of civilization there have been rulers and servants. I know this is a strange concept to us as Americans, but in the bulk of the world’s nations in history, the role of the common people is to serve their rulers. Because they have titles and honor, they “deserve” our praise. But God doesn’t go for popularity or seeking the opinions of men. When Jesus came to this earth, He didn’t come to be proclaimed king over Judah, even though He had the legal right to do so. Instead, He came to serve, and He taught us how to serve.

In Matthew 25, among Jesus’ final parables, Jesus describes the final judgment where the sheep and goats will be separated; where the legit and the fakes will be revealed. One of the tests that will be used is how we treat those whom God has chosen. Who has God chosen? The weak, the poor, the desolate, the isolated, the widow, the homeless, and all those who the world rejects. Jesus makes a key statement here: “If you did this to the least of these, my brethren, you did it to me.” If you took care of God’s people, you took care of God. If you didn’t take care of them, you weren’t out to serve God. Plain and simple.

Jesus gave five examples of how to serve Him: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, give clothes to the naked, help the sick, and visit the imprisoned. Now, Jesus also told Judas that the poor would always be with him when Judas sought to get Mary’s jar of perfume to sell so he could get some of the money. Jesus isn’t saying to solve the world’s hunger problem.

Take notice that Jesus never once made any social reform. There are a lot of political talking points regarding immigration today that take these verses and say we have to welcome all these people into our country because if we don’t, we aren’t serving Christ. This is not what Jesus said at all. He did NOT say, “Rome, it is your responsibility to serve my poor.” That was never the government’s job. It is the church’s job. To illustrate this issue, I’ll address something going on in my backyard.

I live just outside the city limits of El Paso, Texas. On the street I take to get out, there is an immigration center for unaccompanied youth being built. This center is supposed to house up to 500 kids who did not come with parents or relatives and need to be processed before knowing whether to send them with relatives or send them back. This place is literally about a mile from my house. I really don’t care about what the political answer should be, though I’ve already seen the protestors. It’s rather comical because the street it’s on is rather empty. It’s mostly truck drivers from the quarries. But my first reaction was not what the world would think: “Oh no, they are invading my neighborhood. They are going to destroy everything. Stop child prisons! Stop environmental racism (yes, that was a protest sign)!” Those people have no clue what they are protesting or why. They are just reacting to what the media told them to respond to. But here was my response: “What can I do? I live a mile away. I have to drive past it to get out of my house. What can I do?”

I have no idea what I can do about this place or how to serve these kids. I am a teacher so maybe I can provide some tutoring. Maybe with some training, I can help with placement tests for those likely to stay in the U.S. to find out what grade level the kid should be in. My Spanish is not great, but maybe I can do something. As it is a government facility, I would likely need to get some kind of clearance or permission. I have no idea if I can do anything. But my first reaction was: “What can I do?” And that thought has not gone away in the past few months since I first heard about it.

This could be like David Wilkerson. Not many people think about what got him started in the youth gang ministry of New York City as a tiny (literally) pastor from a town of nowhere Pennsylvania. He saw an article about seven gang members who were on trial for the murder of a disabled boy. He had no clue what he was going to do, but he sensed he had to do something. He went to the court and after one session, he sought to approach the judge, totally clueless about the tension in the room. Everyone thought he was about to jump the judge. He got a picture taken and the newspaper posted a not so accurate or pleasant story about a pastor invading the court. Wilkerson never did get to make any contact with the boys he had a burden for. However, that incident gave him credence with the gangs because he too was seen as an “unfriendly” with the police. And with me, I may not be able to do anything at this facility. I am not planning on doing anything stupid, but maybe it will open a door to something I couldn’t imagine doing at the school I am currently at. I don’t know, but I do know this: until God shuts the door, it is something I am going to have to investigate.

What is my motive for this? Ultimately, it is doing what Christ commanded in this passage in Matthew 25. It is Christ speaking through me saying, “I want to do something, and I am inviting you to come with me.” What is Christ calling you to do? These are God’s people. These are the ones He cherishes. It is impossible to love God and not love those He loves. The kids coming to this facility have had difficult experiences. The government stats indicate that about ¼ of them are being trafficked. And here in El Paso/Juarez, child prostitution is the #1 money maker next to drugs. Sex, alcohol, and drugs are the spiritual strongholds of this area and one only needs to drive the highways to see all the clubs to witness it. That’s without addressing the heavy levels of the occult and witchcraft in the area. Yet, at my school, and at this facility, this is the world my students have grown up in. God is doing something in my heart about all this. I don’t know where He is taking me, but I know for sure that God is placing me where I am to be His hands and His feet to the least of these. And if I do not follow Him on it, it could be one of the greatest mistakes I could ever make. If I do follow Him, it will be filled with hardships and challenges, but the reward will be something I cannot even fathom.

What is God calling you to do to serve Him? What can you be doing right now?

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Stay Away from Sexual Immorality

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Wednesday, February 19, 2020 0 comments

by Jason DeZurik

As I continue on in my “The Foundation Matters” series, I’d like to take some time to look at why this topic matters so much in today’s world. I would like to show you a real-life example of how this way of thinking and getting back to the foundational beliefs of this nation and biblical thinking is not old fashioned or “stuffy.” It is very much needed in our world.

This clip is from the popular game show called Let’s Make a Deal. It has been making its rounds on social media with people posting things like, “This is so sad,” and “I feel bad for this guy.” This is good to hear. However, how many people these days keep deciding to take this wide path in their life? They take a chance on having a relationship with someone who seems to only have their own interests in mind. Many seem to be hoping to forego the natural consequences of hurt and heartache from their actions in this whole process.

It is pretty clear that they guy in the relationship thinks they are a serious couple and she is struggling with this idea even though they have admitted in public to sharing a bed together. Now, to be fair, all the awkwardness and hurt of this situation is not on the young lady, and it is not all on the young man either.

By getting back to our Biblical foundations and not only knowing what to do but actually following these words with our actions and lives, we can then start living with much less hurt and heartache.

Proverbs 5:1-10 says:
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,
lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.

What men need to understand is that we need to be the ones who take responsibility. We need to be the ones to stop wanting to just get pleasure for pleasure’s sake, and we need to lead by example. Live out self-control and patience. We need to start treating women with love and respect. As Scripture warns, we should keep a path far from those women who want to lead men down a path where men will lose their honor and dignity. As it states, “do not go near the door of her house.”

If you’d like to read up more on this please take time to read the rest of Proverbs 5 and all of Proverbs 7.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, February 17, 2020 0 comments

by Katie Erickson

After the Teacher spent basically the first two chapters of Ecclesiastes deciding that many things are meaningless when simply looked at from the world’s perspective, he changes gears a bit here. Today’s passage of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is likely familiar to anyone who grew up with the music of the 1960s, as it was made popular with this song by The Byrds.

But while it seems that this passage may be a little different than the rest of the book, it is still connected to the main theme. While the things of this earth may be meaningless on their own, when we do things in God’s timing, then everything has the meaning and purpose that God intended for it.

The theme of this section is found in verse 1: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” We may not understand the timing of everything, as God is God and we are not, but we can trust in these words that God has the proper timing and season for everything; we just need to discern what it is.

In the rest of this passage, the Teacher outlines specific examples of things that God has in His timing. Birth and death are mentioned first (verse 2), as they are the things that begin and end our time under the sun. Today we have much more control over these things in Solomon’s day with all of our advances in technology and medical care, but God is still ultimately sovereign over when a person is born and when a person dies. Next, planting and uprooting are mentioned. While these are more controlled by humans, if we don’t get the timing right, then these activities are meaningless and will not provide the fruit that we desire.

Verse 3 gives examples of killing and healing, tearing down and building up. The contrast of killing and healing can relate to many aspects of life - war vs peace, capital punishment vs rehabilitation for those who commit crimes, etc. Tearing down and building up primarily refer to economic development, but they can also refer to our lives as Christians. Do we tear down others by saying negative things, or do we build them up by our encouraging words?

Emotions are dealt with in verse 4: weeping, laughing, mourning, and dancing. There are appropriate times for all of these in our lives. Romans 12:15 tells us, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” It is appropriate and good for followers of Jesus to show emotions. We should not always put on a happy face when it is a time to weep or mourn. Even Jesus showed emotions of sadness (see John 11:35).

Verse 5 reminds us of appropriate times to do away with things versus gathering them up. It also tells us there is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from it, meaning there are times it is important to show love but also times where it is important not to show love, referring to romantic love.

Verses 6-7 deal with receiving and giving - searching vs giving things up, keeping vs throwing away, tearing vs mending, and being silent vs speaking. Sometimes we are the giver, whereas sometimes we are the receiver.

Verse 8 is likely one of the main reason this song became popular in the 1960s - it discusses a time to love vs hate, and a time for war vs peace. That decade saw many movements about love and peace instead of violence and war. But as the Teacher tells us, there are appropriate times for each of these.

I believe that we can all identify with times in this list, both in our own lives and in our communities. Which times are you going through right now? Which have you recently come through in your life?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when we forget that God has appointed these times. We can get so caught up in our daily lives and in the circumstances and details surrounding these times that we don’t put them into God’s perspective. God has ordained each of these times and seasons in our lives, and He will use them for His greater purposes. Sometimes we need to go through these seasons multiple times before we truly learn the message that God has for us through it.

When you feel like things are falling apart in your life, hold onto the fact that we have to go through rhythms of good times and bad times. Why? They are all for God’s glory. We need to give God glory for the good times and the difficult times, so people will see that example and they can glorify God also, no matter what kind of season they are walking through.

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Eight Woes 8: Dishonoring the Prophets

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, February 14, 2020 0 comments

by Charlie Wolcott

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’” ~Matthew 23:29-30

It is a sad reality that a prophet is only recognized after he has died. During his lifetime, a prophet is typically hated and despised because his job and calling is to call out sin and confront the culture and the comfortable. My pastor made a comment a few months back about the prospect of bringing Voddie Baucham to our church because he was so touched by Baucham’s sermon on brokenness. I said that would be awesome, but here was my pastor’s response: “He would not come as a celebrity but come to break us.” There’s a lot of truth to that. Same with Paul Washer. Leonard Ravenhill and David Wilkerson were among the prophets of the 20th century as well. Many hated them because of their strong stance for truth and unflinching fire to call out sin.

Washer practically laughed at the notion that our generation today cannot handle the true Gospel so we have to water it down so they might receive it. The excuse is that the people today are not as hardy or as “spiritual” as they were in the days of John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, etc. Washer’s response to that was, “No one has ever withstood the Gospel, preached correctly. It can only have one of two results: they will hate it even more or they will be converted.” When Edwards preached “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” he simply read the sermon in a complete boring monotone, yet the power of God so fell that people were falling from their pews clutching to anything because they felt they were being dragged to Hell that very moment. Wesley would preach for 3-5 hours, and in some cases, it is reported that numerous people were lying on the ground totally unconscious because of how dreadful the weight of their sin was that had been put upon them.

Such prophets are not appreciated today. They really weren’t appreciated back then either when they were active. It is far quicker to count a prophet’s allies than enemies. Their enemies are even from within their congregation, because of how few people appreciate a man of God willing to stand up and defend a soul from Hell. So many of us say we would love to hear from Wesley, Luther, Peter, Ravenhill, Spurgeon, or any of the big-name missionaries or preachers that are known today. But would we hear the message they preached then? There is an easy way to tell. How are you handling those who preach the same message today? Or do we prefer to find pastors who preach a message that helps us cope with our problems, not deal with the sinful roots? Do we call those who preach the truth and call out false teachings as being judgmental? Or do we check them out against Scripture and if they check out, support them?

Jesus lashed out at the Pharisees and Scribes again for hypocrisy and play-acting. All their honoring of the prophets of old was just for show. It wasn’t real. They declared they would not have joined in with their fathers and literally slaughtered the prophets. Jesus said they declared their own guilt by associating with those who committed the deeds. But it is worse than that. These very people who said they never would have slaughtered the prophets as their fathers did are the same people who demanded He be crucified and then later assisted in the persecution and slaughter of the early Christians including the stoning of Stephen and the imprisonment of Peter and John. They sent Saul out to persecute Christians as far as Damascus. When Saul met Christ and became Paul, they later sought to put him to death but for Paul’s appeal to Caesar. The apple didn’t fall very far from the tree.

How do we handle those who preach the true message? I love listening to them, but I have to constantly remind myself of Paul Washer’s warning against idolizing celebrity preachers. Truth only listened to is worthless without being obeyed. In fact, truth left unobeyed can condemn you. I’m cringing as I’m writing this. The United States has had more light of the truth shed upon it than any other nation in the history of mankind. We have so many preachers we can listen do due to the internet and technology, so many sermons preserved in books and notes and audio recordings, and conferences and books galore. Yet it is not inappropriate to say that the U.S. is perhaps the most immoral country in the world. With our nation’s lust for sexual pleasure and deviancy, our lust for drugs, our lust for money and power, and our lust for blood, exactly how could anyone think that the “good” this nation does is going to counter that? This nation currently despises any voice who speaks the truth and we are fast approaching the day where the persecution will cease being censorship but instead a vicious physical persecution. Our nation is doing exactly what those who despised God’s prophets did then.

As a nation, we are not listening to these preachers, because we aren’t obeying them. There is only so much God can do to restrain His judgment before enough is enough. I would suggest that most of us are not ready for that day. We can see it coming, but are we ready? I’m not convinced I am, but I got one step closer by paying off my student loans. It is a terrible thing for your world to be turned upside down when you still have debts to pay. I am currently debt free and I have no plans to get into debt again no matter what. I’d rather pay for it all up front. That is part of my action of obedience to the urgent warnings of not being tied to this world. If we are, when the day comes, we’ll go down with them.

Do we love those who bring the Truth, even if it’s not popular? Will we obey the message God sends through these preachers, or are we just going to esteem it and sit back doing nothing? I am not innocent of the latter. But there has been truth spoken to my heart that I have obeyed. So, while I am far from perfect, I can say I have taken steps of obedience. I need to do more so I cannot be “comfortable” in what I have done so far. But I can take solace in the fact that I have not been dismissive of the truth I have been given. God rewards and is pleased with and honors those who obey Him.

Let us end our hypocrisy and our empty claims. Let it be that when God removes the veil that what we proclaim will be what we practice and what we live out, regardless of who is watching. If any of these woes spoke to you, repent and let God do His miraculous work of salvation. It’s not too late, but time is running short and fast.

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Being Good, Without God?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 0 comments

by Jason DeZurik

As I get started on this series about foundational beliefs and their importance to our lives as individuals in the United States and in society, I would like you to consider a very important word from George Washington:
"Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

In light of atheists telling me for years that you don’t need God to be good or that people can be good without God, it looks like even George Washington would disagree with those ideas. I would encourage you to ask yourself the following questions. If there is no Creator God who set natural law into order, who makes up the rules for living? If it is a person, how do they know what “good” really is without a set foundation already instituted?

Unfortunately, too many people today seem to be trying to come up with new, good, and right morals based on what they think is good and right. Many times, these people think they are “flying” with this new idea, when in reality they are doing nothing more than “standing on the shoulders” and ideals of God Almighty in order to come up with something that sounds good, right, and true. For instance, a person can say that stealing is wrong and in the same breath say there is no god and try to link those two ideas together, when in reality one was instituted by Almighty God and the other is just an idea of man.

I find it incredible that we see the evidence of design and intelligence all around us in nature, yet people deny the existence of a Creator, especially if it is in regard to Almighty God of the Bible as the Creator. We see this happening all over social media today where people who claim to be atheists will stand up for false teachings in other religions besides Christianity, but when it come to the God of the Bible or Christianity, in their minds this just cannot be accepted. It is just one of the reasons why, in some people’s minds, the foundational beliefs of our nation need to be replaced with something else, when all the while what really needs to happen is a return back to what we were founded upon.

As I conclude this week’s writing, please once again consider Ecclesiastes 1:9: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

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Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, February 10, 2020 0 comments

by Katie Erickson

Thomas Edison once said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” But that doesn’t mean we like doing hard work; in fact, many of us go to great lengths to avoid it! That’s how “get rich quick” schemes get so popular; everyone wants to take the shortcut and have all the benefits without doing the work.

But what does Ecclesiastes tell us about work? That’s the topic that the Teacher is looking at in today’s passage of Ecclesiastes 2:17-26. (For more on what the Bible as a whole says about work, check out this post.)

Anyone who is unhappy with their employment, or has a bad day on the job, can probably relate to verse 17: “So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Have you ever had one of those days where you hate life because your work did not go well? The Teacher is looking at work from a bigger perspective than one day, however, and he sees daily labor as meaningless to him. Scholars believe that the Teacher is likely King Solomon who had massive riches, but he does not consider work to be meaningless simply because he already had everything he ever wanted.

The Teacher’s real reason for considering work to be meaningless can be found in verses 18-21. Whatever he accumulates in this life through hard work will be left to another person upon his death. That person may be wise with it or foolish with that wealth; he doesn’t know and can’t predict this. He writes in verse 21 that, “a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it.” All of the wealth we gain from our work may be great for this life, but what about when we’re gone? All our striving appears to be meaningless then.

Verses 22-23 give us a warning of being prideful of what we build up in this lifetime: “What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.” We work so hard and cause ourselves so much grief over how much money we make (or don’t make), that we can’t even rest well in this life. If our life is so burdened by anxiety and seeking pride for our accomplishments, are we really enjoying it to the extent we should? This is why the Teacher considers hard work to be meaningless.

Enjoying life instead of worrying about work is the theme of verses 24-25: “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” You can work and work and work and not find true satisfaction in this life if your satisfaction is tied to the material things of this world. We need to be satisfied with our work, but primarily because it is from God, not because of our own skill or our own accomplishments in that work.

Based on verse 26, we know that God will give wisdom to the one who pleases Him, and if we don’t please Him, then anything we gain will be given to the one who does. But again, the Teacher concludes that all this is meaningless.

So what is this section saying? Should we work, or should we not work and simply seek pleasure all the time? We know that God created work as a good thing, as Adam worked in the Garden of Eden even before the fall into sin (Genesis 2:15). So, work itself is not inherently sinful or evil, and it is what God created us to do, though we also know that work will be difficult (Genesis 3:17-19).

The goal is to find work that also brings pleasure, both to you and to God. If our work is only meaningful for this world and we’re only working to get a paycheck to buy ourselves pleasures and nice things, then it is ultimately meaningless. With this selfish mindset, anything we earn will likely draw us farther away from God. But if are working for God’s eternal purposes and doing the work that He has called us to do, that is the only way our work is truly meaningful. That doesn’t mean that we should give up our worldly jobs and all become pastors or missionaries, but that does mean we should prayerfully consider what God wants us to do for work in this life.

Maybe you’re flipping burgers at a restaurant for your job; you can share God’s love with your fellow employees, and be a responsible worker so they see God’s influence shining through your life. Maybe you’re a lawyer and have the opportunity to be a Godly example in the courtroom and to your clients. Maybe you’re a stay at home parent and your work is taking care of your family and raising your children to live Godly lives.

Whatever it is that you do for work, is it what God is calling you to do? How are you using your work to share God’s love with the world around you? Without that eternal mindset, work is meaningless and just chasing after the fleeting things of this world. If we only seek selfish pleasures rather than to do our work well, no one else will benefit except us, and we’ll ultimately consider our work to be meaningless. But when we consider what God is calling us to and how He wants to use us in that situation, our perspective should change, and we should find true meaning in our work because of His influence on our lives.

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