|I’m honored to be doing the announcements
and devotionals this month. At first I was worried about
preparing 4 devotionals in this already very busy month.
Then, I found out last week that I wouldn’t need
to prepare 4 devotionals after all… because this
May has 5 Wednesdays in it.
So I got an early start and had the 1st devotional
ready to go on Saturday. I’d decided I’d
share a spiritual lesson related to the work I do…
and then I heard Steve begin his sermon Sunday evening…
and my heart sank as it looked like I’d be preparing
It turned out ok though as you’ll see. I really
am very happy with the work I do and have been working
for the same boss for about 14 years now.
My coworkers and I perform duties of many professions
(teachers, recruiters, farmers, fishermen, and even
soldiers), but there is great on-the-job training and
we help and encourage each other as much as we can.
It is a lot of work though, so we do have a lot of
vacancies because many people quit when they find out
how much work is involved.
It’s very long hours
• You’re always at work and always on call
• An average person works about 160 hours a month..
we must do that every week
• There are no breaks, vacations, or holidays
You can’t get someone else to cover for you and
do your work
Why in the world would anyone want to work under these
conditions? Several reasons:
• Absolute best boss!
• Absolute best benefits!
• Absolute best retirement plan!
Yes, my preferred job title is Christian, my boss who
I faithfully serve is Jesus Christ, and I eagerly await
retirement with Him when my work is done!
The Master is always looking for faithful workers.
If you’re not already on our team, don’t
delay, apply immediately.
The Employee Handbook tells us about the hiring process:
• You must HEAR the saving message of the gospel
- Rom 10:17
• You must BELIEVE - John 8:24
• You must REPENT of your sins - Luke 13:3
• You must CONFESS Jesus with your mouth - Rom
• You must be BAPTIZED for the remission of your
sins - Acts 2:38, Mk 16:16, Rom 6:4, …
Then, the master adds you to His team.
Do be aware though that there is a very strict dress
Gal 3:27 - For as many of you as were baptized into
Christ have put on Christ.
Mt 22:12-13 tells of a man who was not wearing the proper
clothing – he was bound and thrown out into outer
Christians… Fellow Co-workers… Perhaps it
is time for a performance review
More than any other task, serving our Lord should truly
be a labor of love
Ecc 5 tells us that its good and proper for man to take
satisfaction in his work
What greater satisfaction could one have than having
exhausted himself for Christ
Listen to the words written by our fellow laborer Paul…
• I have labored and toiled and have often gone
• elsewhere he writes… On the contrary,
we worked night and day, laboring and toiling
• and again… To this end I labor, struggling
with all His energy,
So can we conclude that we are good workers if we simply
show up to the weekly meetings?
We hear each other sing…
• I want to be a worker for the Lord
• Work for the night is coming
• Let us labor for the master from the dawn til
…but what kind of work ethic are we demonstrating
by our actions?
Know that our vicious competitor will do everything
he can to distract you, and pull you away.
Have you lost your focus, your zeal, your love? Let
us go to the Master in prayer on your behalf.
This evening I ask each of you to consider the questions,
“What kind of work do you do?” and “What
kind of worker are you”?
If you need to make a change or correction in your
life, in view of God’s Word, I encourage you to
do so as together we stand and sing.