We often tell ourselves that we are all about the Lord’s Work. We know we love God and are faithful on Sundays and sometimes on Wednesdays. We see the work that others are doing and know it is good and right but do we take an inventory and weigh the work we do for God against what worldly work we do.
In Titus 2:11-15 Paul tells us the goal we should aspire to.
“ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” (KJV)
Our Goal is not to do more works so we can be the best Christian we know, but to be “zealous of good works” the works that God has said are good. The whole reason we have that zealousness is because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. He came to this earth to redeem us, to purify us, and give us the desire to be zealous for His work. It say’s we are “His own possession”, this is not just a collection of people but a cherished possession he was willing to die for.
We were redeemed out of the world and into a relationship we must not take lightly.
1Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
We are a blood bought people we are owned by Jesus we have an unpayable debt that should make us zealous for His works. Our daily work at our jobs should be just a part of our lives not the focus of our lives. Jesus died so we could see the love and desire He has for us and to make us a holy people wanting to work for Him. Do you see yourself as a worker for God first or do you see yourself as a man or woman who works for himself? Can you say you are Zealous for the work of the church? There are many things we can do as workers for God, and often the work that is needed seems uncomfortable to us. Many times we don’t do the work because it is out of our “comfort zone”. We must look to the apostles words here and realize that Jesus was willing to go out of His “comfort zone” to redeem us and we should let that be our motivation to step outside of our worldly lives and get to the work of God. When we see a need in the church we should be of the mind to fill that need or at least help others fill the need.
When God returned the remnant to Jerusalem from Babylon the people saw what he had done and did what needed to be done.
Nehemiah 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
They weren’t perfect and had many obstacles and distractions to hinder them but they “had a mind to work” to accomplish what God had asked them to do. They prayed to God so they could finish the wall. We need to have a mind set on the work of God and realize it is the most important work we could do. We need to pray and ask God to show us, and help us finish, the work we are expected to do for God. Are you zealous for the work of God?