May 1

There is nothing better than that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot. Ecclesiastes 3:22

Give joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:12 NIV

We all have work to do in this life. Whether we go to a job and paid for our efforts, work in our own business, keep a household running we all have work to do. Sometimes we enjoy every minute, and often we just want to get through the day. Longer ago people worked in the trade of their fathers. Carpenters sons were carpenters, seamstresses daughters were seamstresses (hope they actually were good at carpentry or sewing.) Now we get more opportunity to choose, we take aptitude tests, and we can change careers along the way.

In Ecclesiastes we hear that all should enjoy their work. What work might that be? Well, it looks like the work that is our lot, so we might as well enjoy it anyway.. “People complain that they want what’s coming to them. Well, they have it! What you presently have is your lot, portion or share. All we have in the present is our allotted portion…Appreciate what you have today! We cannot see what the future here holds, but we can trust God and enjoy what we have today.” (from a Mark Dunagan commentary.)

Yet is this the only work we have been assigned as our lot? Is there some work we also need to be doing to ensure our salvation? Or to have joy on earth? No matter what our daily work entails we can also be doing the work of God. Our Lord has already done the salvation part, and we are to give joyful thanks to Him. So, our works are not needed to save us. However, part of our response to this wonderful saving grace is to be about God’s work. This can be done no matter what our actual employment is. We can show Christ to others by our actions throughout our daily lives. 

Creator God, thank you for granting us the privilege of working with you to help establish your reign on earth. Help us to boldly claim the tasks you have chosen for us. Lord, some days we feel our work is a burden. Forgive our shortsightedness and renew our spirits as we join your saints in the joyous holy dance of your kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Chris Gabel