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Back to Work


Today is a tough day for those facing the dreaded return to work after the long holiday break. Yes, some have worked through the holidays, but it for many people the last few weeks were was much easier and laid back. It was also easier knowing some time off was coming. Now holiday bliss is coming down as quick as the Christmas decorations are. Now we face short, cold days during the long winter and no break is in sight. Yes, it’s time to get back to work!

For many believers a similar attitude creeps up when doing God’s work. For those that strive to live for Christ it can become overwhelming and burdensome if we are not careful.

Living a life for Christ is not easy, there are no breaks from righteous living. Doing His will is sometimes messy and we deal with people who challenge us. Sometimes doing His work even puts us in the line of fire as the world takes out its hate for Christ on us.

So, what do we do when we face the long and difficult days of ministry (fulfilling the work we are called to do)? I believe we need to look to Jesus for the answer.

Jesus experienced the long journey of ministry. At times He dealt with messy people. His own disciples fought among themselves, fell asleep on Him, and even denied Him.

Jesus also faced overwhelming needs of large crowds and saw those same crowds leave quickly when He turned from meeting needs to stepping on toes with His preaching.

Jesus also faced the scorn and hatred of the Jewish religious leaders and ultimately the Roman Empire.

How did Jesus handle all these issues? One word... prayer!

“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” Matthew‬ ‭14:23‬

This was the common thread we see during His ministry on Earth. Jesus withdrew to pray alone. He knew that without tapping into the source of His strength, God His Father, He would succumb to the pressures and difficulties He faced daily.

Let us remember to follow the guidance of Jesus and spend a bountiful time alone in prayer, seeking His strength so we can face the work needed for our Lord;

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭

Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Isaiah 41:10-11; Matthew 14:33

Prayer focus: For the eyes of those deceived by evolution and the ‘Big Bang’ to see the Creator- our mighty and great God.

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