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Labor As Unto The Lord!

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

RayMcDToday is Labor Day – the day we celebrate the labor force in America – by giving most everyone the day off. As we look around our congregation – we can see the numerous harvest fields God has given us – even within the confines of our own members.

How many of our readers have been to sporting events? FedEx Field? Camden Yards? If we have attended sporting events – especially professional sports – I assume we have also seen players praying on the field – or motioning toward heaven after making a play.  Some Christians – like the Raven’s Matt Stover – point toward heaven – toward God – whether he makes the right play or not – giving God credit for all he does and for the talent to compete at such a high level (he is the best kicker in the NFL IMHO).

As i watch sporting events – and see athletes giving God credit for their efforts and I think of Labor Day – I thought of today’s passage. Colossians 3:17 – whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Think about it!  If everything we did brought with it a mindset that we were doing it as unto the Lord – wouldn’t that cause us to give our best at everything? Some of us might give our best all the time – but many slack when they think they can get away with it. Some people speed and run through red lights when they think they can get away with it. Some people come to work late and some leave early when they think they can get away with it. Some people will take things home from work – some will cheat on tests at school – some will give less than their best effort when they think no one is watching. Late in games – when the game is out of reach – some sports casters talk about giving at bats away and how some players will never give an at bat away – no matter the outcome of the game. Do we get the point?

Try for one week – even this week – doing everything we do – everything we speak – even everything we think – as unto the Lord – as if we were working for Jesus!  After the week – I would love to hear your experience with this mindset. Labor for one week – as if we were laboring for the Lord!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 5, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. While many sports figures are glorified for making the sign of the cross or pointing toward the sky/God when they are successful, Tim Tebow was castigated and mocked for this action. Why?

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    Comment by Richard Reynnells | September 5, 2016 | Reply

    • Good question Richard. The media in general is very liberal and tend to put Christians in a bad light. Tebow would kneel to pray and would mention Jesus in interviews and the liberal media didn’t like that for sure.

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      Comment by raymcdonald | September 5, 2016 | Reply


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