What Am I Working For

John 6:27

“Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.  For on him God the Father has sent His seal.”

It is in our nature to work.  We are always working and striving to meet some goal.  But, how will that ambition to reach the goal affect our lives.  If it is a natural goal that is strenuous on our bodies, it may cause a lot of tension, stress, and heartache.  There are even some spiritual goals that we set and we take the time to plan how we are going to accomplish them, but we forget to ask God for His input on how to execute them.  We have to be careful and make sure that we are always doing things by the spirit because the word of God says that to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want life and peace. Yet are we prepared to do what it takes to have that precious promise of God?

I have found that with all of the different hats that I wear in this life, there is always a desire to keep going.  I feel like I just have to keep pushing and keep running and keep working, but there are times when I am led by the Holy Spirit to just sit down.  There have been times where I feel Him leading me to rest, but I keep going, so I end up burning out.  This is why it is said in Psalm 23:2 “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”  This is the Spirit of the Lord telling us that it is time to take a break, but when we don’t listen He “makes” us take a break.  That’s LOVE.  He knows that we can’t live on “E.” Yet if we never take the time to refresh and fill up our tanks, that is exactly what we will be doing.

People will have their opinions of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, but the best and wisest thing that we could ever do, is follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.  In my own life it is evident that the Lord wants me to take part in many different arenas, but He doesn’t want me to over do it.  Simply put, doing everything all the time just isn’t healthy.  I must have balance and because the Lord is my Shepherd, I must ask Him to lead and teach me how to be balanced. Then, when I am working, I will be doing the Lord’s work in every area of my life.  I will be effective and proficient.  I won’t just be marching time and running around in circles.  I will be going somewhere even if it doesn’t seem like it.

We are encouraged everyday in this world, to earn more money, get bigger cars and houses, get a promotion, push, push, push.  That’s how we feed our families.  But that isn’t the encouragement that the Lord gives us.  He tells us in Matthew 6:33 to seek firs the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to us.  As we follow the will and voice of God, He will give us all that we need and want.  We won’t go lacking if we trust Him.  How do I know? Well, He says it in His word.
Psalm 34:9, 10
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
So be encouraged today to follow the Holy Spirit and work for the eternal prize.  Whatever God has called you to put your hands to, will prosper, if you follow Him.  Stay focused and know that God’s got you in the palm of His hands.  As you do your daily work, what ever it may be…ask yourself, What am I really working for?

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