Monday, May 22, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 May 22

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ”
(Colossians 3:23-24).

Today’s MorselI often wonder why we humans like to take shortcuts in our work?  When I was in the military, it was not uncommon to hear someone say, “Well that’s good enough for government work!”  This phrase originated during World War II.   Back then, if something was good enough for government work it was of the highest standard and could pass the most rigorous of inspections.  Since then, the meaning has shifted and the expression is now almost exclusively used in a sarcastic or derogatory sense and means pretty much the exact opposite.  So it is important that we know the meaning of an expression before we use it!  Today when something is declared “good enough for government work” it is generally of questionable quality, if not sloppy, messy, untidy, and done by one who possesses a lackadaisical attitude toward their work; and it would by no means satisfy anyone or pass any standard of inspection.  For the Christian, this must not be.   Paul said that whatsoever we do, we must do it as unto the Lord and not unto men.  We want to give Jesus our very best.  “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” (Proverbs 22:29).  Do all to the fullest and to your best, because everything you do is done for His glory.  
Sing: I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord; I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord.
Thought For Today:  Does your work meet Jesus' standard? (Parker).

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