Words from the Heart for Monday September 5th, 2016

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

Working Willingly

Today is Labour Day. As you look at your schedule for the days ahead, who are you working for? Does your work reflect an attitude and quality that shows that you are seeking to honour the Lord in all that you do?

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Devotion

According to a 2012 survey by the Bank of Montreal, most Canadians try to buy locally produced food and are willing to pay a premium for it. More than 1000 Canadians were randomly selected for the survey and it discovered that fully 90% of Canadians try to buy locally grown vegetables, the highest percentage of any food group. 86% aim to buy Canadian fruit, 84% look for poultry raised locally, 81% for cheese and 78% for beef. Survey participants said that their top reason for buying Canadian food was to support Canadian producers. Others sited such things as freshness, the environment and food safety as reason to be local. The region where the surveyed person lived had an effect on what they were determined to buy locally. Albertans are committed to buying Alberta beef.

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Today is Labour Day, and ironically it is a holiday where the vast majority of North Americans will not be working today. Recent studies show that North Americans work longer hours and take fewer holidays than those in other parts of the world. There is something about what is known as the Protestant Work Ethic that drives us here in Canada, even though we have most away from our Christian roots in many ways in this country. That work ethic really has its foundation in the Bible. For example, in Colossians 3:23 we read: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Followers of Jesus ought to be the best citizens, the best employees and the best members of any team. We understand that the work that we do, the service that we bring, is not ultimately for the sake of the dollar, as necessary as that is. We are called to do as we do because our work is for the Lord and not just for a human boss. Understanding this, we can accomplish the most inspiring responsibility or the most mundane task. If we are treated poorly we have the assurance that the Lord knows that and He will always treat us with respect and honour. What a difference it would make if every follower of Jesus understood that we are not serving a man or a woman, but the living God. Labour Day would be a good day to start.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley