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Essential workers in God’s Kingdom!

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Essential workers

Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5:15-17 (Essential workers)

Define an Essential Worker

As we’ve seen during the global Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s definition of who is and who is not an “essential worker” . But not so with God, which should lead Christ-followers to this question. Who will be deemed the essential workers in eternity? Who will hold the positions of highest authority? Or, to borrow the language of our Savior, who “will be called great in the kingdom of heaven”?

Who will be great

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Who will be called great in the kingdom? Those who are obedient to the Lord’s commands. Let me be clear: As Christians, our status as adopted children of God has nothing to do with our righteousness and everything to do with Christ’s (see Ephesians 2:8-9 : For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast). But as today’s passages make equally clear, there are varying rewards for us based on our obedience to the Lord’s commands in this life. Varying “essential workers” in the Kingdom.

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What does obedience look like

So, what does obedience look like in our work? The answers to that question are innumerable. Here are just a few. If you’re an employee, obedience to the Lord looks like obedience to the earthly authorities He has put in place as your bosses ( Colossians 3:22). If you’re an employer, one act of obedience is paying your people fairly (see Colossians 4:1 -Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven). And of course all of us are commanded that in “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).

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Apply the Lords Ways

The applications of the Lord’s ways to our work are endless. But Jesus famously and helpfully summed up the law with these overarching principles. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind….And Love your neighbor as yourself” (see Matthew 22). 

In other words, we are called to love God by being obedient to his commands, and we are to love our neighbors by becoming their servants.

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Be Still my restless heart

Advertisements Watching the storm with a restless heart The roaring thunder The strong winds A flash of lightning The storm rages on In it, I hear God’s voice say: Be still. Psalm 46:10 God is Omnipresent 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?    Where can I flee from your presence?8 If I go up to the heavens, you areContinue reading →

Laziness Ruins Happiness

Advertisements What Makes Diligence a Virtue? Most people do not want to be thought of as lazy — as a person averse to hard work. We all know laziness is a vice — a corrupting and addicting use of a good gift: rest. Leisure in proper doses is a wonderful, refreshing gift of God. But habitualContinue reading →

Release Your Regrets

Advertisements Once you have recognised your regret for what it is, you are then ready for the next step: release your regrets. Ask yourself these five questions: Do you regret committing a sin? Your regret may have been something you did that put distance between you and God. Letting go of that regret will requireContinue reading →

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Daily Prayer – 21 June

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A weary heart

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Heavenly Father, this race in my life seems to have no end and I am weary. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to run with endurance the race You have set before me.

Because of You I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from Your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of Your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial.

Thank you for Your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in Your Kingdom!

Forgive me of my sin, forgive me for hurting those I do not intend to hurt but do so without realising it and forgive those who do the same to to me. In the might name of Jesus, Amen

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

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Daily Prayer – 20 June

Advertisements For great is your love toward me;    you have delivered me from the depths,    from the realm of the dead. Psalm 86:13 Heavenly Father, may nothing separate us from You today. Teach us how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead us closer to You. Help us walk by the Word and notContinue reading →

Daily Prayer – 19 June

Advertisements So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us inContinue reading →

Daily Prayer – 18 June

Advertisements “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 Heavenly Father, we come into Your presence now, the Almighty God. We repent, believing in You and trusting Your name, knowing you have saved us. Your will is save all Your people, over theContinue reading →

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Prayer for Healing from Hurt and Betrayal

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But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:6-15

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Heavenly Father, I confess that I tried to control my life and dud not give You full reign. God, I confess that I tried to handle things that You told me to release to You.

But, God, I thank You for redemption. I thank You for always holding me up. I thank You for purifying my mind, body, and Spirit to do what You would have me to do. Thank You for giving me joy in sorrow. Thank You for protecting me. Thank You for salvation and for discipline.

God, I ask that You help me to forgive those who betray me. I bind, rebuke, and destroy every curse and problem that keeps me from loving people in the way Your Word has called me to love them. I pray, Lord God, that You teach me to be selfless. Teach me how to walk in discernment and to exercise it with wisdom. I thank You for all these things. It is so by faith, and by faith so it is. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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