Labor Day—Day 4

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Labor Day—Day 4 Colossians 3: 23, 24 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” One of my favorite pastimes is reading. I read a book on the lives of three influential African-American Pastors who significantly impacted their culture. One in particular, was a pastor by the name of Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833).  Lemuel Haynes was the first African-American to pastor an all-white congregation, Hemlock Church of Torrington, Connecticut in 1785. He also pastored the Rutland West Parish. Lemuel Haynes stood out to me because of his philosophy of ministry. He believed eternity should shape our ministries. In other words, in everything that we do we should do it in view of eternity—an excellent perspective for believers to look at life....

Labor Day—Day 3

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Labor Day—Day 3 Colossians 3: 23, 24 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” As we begin today’s devotional, let us meditate on this question, “What motivates us to work well?” Many would probably narrow it down to two reasons: When we enjoy working with our boss and co-workers, and some would say, we are motivated to perform well because we are compensated fairly for our services. However, what if we did not like our boss? What if we work with people who tend to be difficult? What if we are not making as much as we would like? What motivates us to be enthusiastic about our work when it is work we begrudge? Remember, Paul was writing to a particular group who were at times not treated fairly and would be called upon to perform a task that could be belittling. However, Paul says in our devotional passage...

Labor Day—2

By on Sep 4, 2018 in Labor Day 2015 | 0 comments

Labor Day—2 Colossians 3: 23, 24 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily.”  Most people are clearly aware that work is necessary; especially if we desire to sustain our lives. For some, certain work brings out our best while other work not so much. A prevailing thought or behavior with many who resent work has been, do it with as little effort as possible and do as little as we can get away with. To the Greek community, this was literally called, “eye service.”  In other words, when the boss is looking we are working hard, however, when he looks away, the halfhearted worker produced a half-done job. Does that sound familiar? How do we worship God and cheat our employers at the same time?  What logic is used to justify such behavior? Our devotional text says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily.” The Greek word here for heart is psuchē, psoo-khay.  This same...

Forgive Them—Day 5

By on Aug 31, 2018 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them—Day 5 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” As we come to the conclusion of another weekly devotional series, let us remember, although challenging, forgiving others is expected of those of us who profess to be believers or followers of Christ. While reading the comments for this week’s devotional, someone mentioned the need for allowing God to guard their hearts. I thought that could very well be the reason many of us struggle to forgive, not wanting to be vulnerable and the need to protect ourselves. Isn’t that something? We live trying to protect ourselves when the gospel we profess to live by, exposes us and encourages vulnerability. The truth is, when we forgive, because of our...

Forgive Them—Day 4

By on Aug 30, 2018 in Forgive them | 0 comments

Forgive Them—Day 4 Matthew 6: 14, 15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  As we continue meditating on Matthew 6: 14 and 15, it is quite apparent that the text is instructing us to forgive; however, the devotional passage does not list the offense. For Matthew to have listed the offense would have, no doubt, given some of us a pass to continue holding others in bondage to their sins against us. It is as if the writer says, forgive and it does not matter the offense. How often I have heard stated, “I could never forgive someone for hurting my child.”  Having five children—all of whom I love dearly—I understand their sentiments. Nevertheless, as I meditate on this, I too must accept that forgiveness is not limited...