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Working for the Lord

Posted on: 7-15-112012

I have been doing a Bible study on the life of David.  I am at the point in the story where God’s chosen servant is about to become the king.  Several years have passed since Samuel anointed David as the future king of Israel and David has been through more difficulties than victories, but his moment to shine has finally arrived.  He has proven to be faithful to God throughout his difficulties and has no doubt learned many valuable lessons.  After all that David has endured, one may expect that God is going to hand him his kingdom without any more hardship.  However, that’s not necessarily the case.  God did hand David some of his kingdom, but he had to go out and work for the rest of it.  God instructed him to take some territories by force which meant that David had to take action.  He had to get up and get busy earning what God was fully prepared to give him.  Scripture never records that David complained about having to work for what God had promised him.  He just did what he was commanded to do.  Sometimes it seems that we’ve lost that mentality along the way.  We can easily get caught up in the mindset that if we follow Christ, He “owes” us something.  We think that because we are Christians He should just give us whatever we want.  We may even expect that things in our life should always be easy and blessings should just fall into our lap without any effort on our part.  God never promised us that things would be easy. He never promised that we wouldn’t have to work for what we get.  We, like David, have to get us and get busy doing what God has commanded us.  He has blessings planned for all of us, but more often than not, we have to work for those blessings.  We cannot just sit idly by and wait for Him to give them to us.  We, too, have to get up and get busy.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, for you serve the Lord Christ.”  Colossians 3:23 – 24

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