November 18, 2014

Witness at Work

Matthew 6:25-34

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
—Matthew 6:33


A Christian auto mechanic once told me, “People come to me for car repairs, but sometimes they’re really looking for &lsquopeople repair.’ My business is more than cars.”

Somehow, God in his sovereignty arranges things so that “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). So it’s entirely possible that what we see as “just our daily work” may include some arranging by God through which he aims to bless people and call them into a relationship with him. Many Christians can tell stories of how they have been able to serve God in their work—not only by acting with integrity but also by telling how God has blessed them in their lives.

The New Testament gives us many windows into the work-a-day world of believers. Luke was a doctor, Martha a homemaker, Paul a tentmaker, and Lydia a cloth dealer. Jesus himself worked in construction with his father. Many of his parables drew from people’s experiences at home and work. The kingdom of God is not only good news for all parts of life but also through them.

Where has God placed you? You have been given talents so that his blessing can abound through you! How can you honor God and tell others about him in your everyday work?

Sovereign God, let me see and seek your kingdom and righteousness in every part of my life. Give me wisdom to know when and how I can be a blessing in the places you’ve put me. For your glory, Amen.

About the author — Daryl DeKlerk

Daryl DeKlerk pastors a church in Jarvis, Ontario. He is thankful for a sabbatical that enabled him to study the theme of Grace-filled Christian Witness. Daryl and his wife have three young children who keep them on their toes and on their knees in prayer.

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