Lazaroo – Monday, June 15, 2009

Jun 15, 2009 I Lazaroo.
Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, in sold-out surrender:

“What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?”

Good question, Jesus.

What do I hope to gain from all this work?

Some people work for money.

Others want fulfillment, or recognition.

There are those who show up for work out of force of habit…peer pressure…because they’re bored.

You know me, LORD.

Are any of those my primary motivation?

I hope not.

Or if they are…show me – so I can go to work on raising my sights just as fast as I can.

My time on this earth is so short.

The number of hours I have left on the clock shrinks every day.

What a tragic loss it would be if all my toil was for me…or them…or it.

The #1 reason to do all this work –

is for You.

What is Lazaroo?

Take Me Deeper

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

2 responses so far.

  1. Jeff Says:

    I agree, Ken. We compartmentalize our lives out of habit and perceived necessity. Sometimes it is hard to just . . . “consider the lilly”. I am fortunate in that I do not work for an entity that is profit driven. However, I do find that other facets of my life still play into this compartmentalization philosophy. It can be humbling.

  2. Ken Ferry Says:

    One of the toughest work assignments for those of us who don’t view life from behind a clerical collar is to do what we do as a service to our Lord. For most of us, what we do can be boiled down to some form of attempt to counter the effects of the Fall – pushing the boulder back up the hill if you will. And it’s difficult at best to restate that kind of task in terms of any eternal significance.

    The best most of us can come up with is to downplay the actual task before us and to focus our energies on the people with, for, and around whom we work. But, that is not what most of us are being paid to do. So, that which we intend to be for God’s glory winds up being a disservice to our employer (modern day master) and a smudge on God’s reputation.

    So we regroup and do our best at convincing ourselves to simply do whatever task is before us with all of the skill we are able – as unto the Lord. But that, too, becomes a blemish as our employer reminds us that our first priority is to be quick and cheap – down and dirty.

    Some of us think we’ve found our answer by getting a job working for a Christian. But our hopes are soon dashed as we are made to realize that they, too, must make money to stay in business. Many of us quickly discover that our brothers in the faith make the worst taskmasters.

    A few of us think we will find the solution to our disparity by going into business for ourselves. And all is well until we realize that there aren’t enough people with scruples needing our service. So, we are forced to decide between doing things that are less than glorious to our God or going hungry.

    Which brings us to the dualistic existence most of us wind up facing every weekday morning. We put in our time with our earthly masters and look forward to those remaining fleeting moments left to us for service to our REAL Master. And we come to the conclusion, at last, that we are all Uncle Tom’s. Not a life conducive to mental and emotional health, but that never was a part of the deal then, was it?

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