6. The sticks in our lives (1)

We have discussed the straw in our lives; things that take up time unnecessarily, things that will blow away the minute the storm strikes. Things that the devil wants us occupied with, so that he can come as the wolf and steal our joy and peace, because our houses are not built with solid bricks. He is so very clever. He knows that if we don't fill ourselves continually with the Holy Spirit with Jesus as our foundation, we are easy prey for him. I hope after these past few weeks you have looked at the straw in your life and made a conscious effort to cut it out of your life.

Now it is time to discuss the sticks in our lives, things that are more important than the straw, but less important than the bricks. Things that will take longer to blow away, but that will still blow away when a strong enough wind comes up.

The best example for me to use of sticks in our lives is our work. Now let me explain this carefully. Work is important. It was one of the curses placed on Adam after sin entered the human race. God declared that we will work hard in order to survive.

"All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day." Genesis 3:17-19

Work is something that men must do and be proud of. Females can also work of course, but that is a whole other discussion. The point is that work was ordained by God. We have to do something in order to look after ourselves and our families. And we have to do it to the best of our ability. The whole Bible is full of verses, stressing the importance of not being lazy and passive, but that we must work and keep busy. We all have a purpose to fulfill. Imagine a world where no one worked. It would be total and utter chaos, especially if evil stays as rampant as it is today. Imagine no doctors to heal the sick, no police to maintain law and order, no farmers to produce food, no teachers to educate the young, no bankers to keep our money safe, absolute chaos.

Work is therefore important as it consumes most of our time. We must use our talents to be the best we can be. The working place must be a better place because we are there, no matter what our position is. A few years ago I met a lady who was a cleaner for 35 years and what an inspirational lady! She said that she knew her purpose was to be a cleaner and she was going to do it to the best of her ability. I was so motivated by her positive outlook in life and her knowledge of the Lord; it was like a breath of fresh air simply talking to her. The people who had the privilege of working with her, was blessed, I am convinced of it!

Also God has placed you in certain positions to proclaim His Word and His Kingdom to a fallen world. Right there where you are, you have the ability to represent Him and draw people closer to Him. The workplace is your missionary field.

Work is a whole subject to talk about. I will be able to write a whole book about it, but for now, just know your work is important and that is why it is a stick in your life. It doesn't define who you are, but it is a place where you can live out your religion and influence people positively because of it. It is a place where you can tell people about Jesus and it is a place where the Lord can also build character into your life. Be positive about it and give your utmost best. And when the Lord tells you to move into a different occupation or to a different company, then move. He will lead you where you need to be, trust Him, He is faithful. He gave you many talents and He wants you to use them to His glory.

Lord, thank you for our jobs. Thank you that You gave it to us. Bless us there and help us to grow and build our character so that we can be someone You can be proud of. Also please give us the courage to talk to people about You and to glorify and exalt Your Kingdom in the process. Amen

1 comment for “6. The sticks in our lives (1)”

  1. Gravatar of BarbaraBarbara
    Posted Tuesday, 19 April 2016 at 7:49:22 AM

    Powerful!! Thank you so much for reminding me that i am the light wherever God has placed me. An instrument to bring forth His glory.

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