Work Hard, Pray Hard

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-3

Being a “grown-up” is interesting, to say the least. The days of sleeping past 5:00 am, wearing comfy clothes all day and taking naps whenever are completely over. Instead, the days of sitting through traffic for hours, short lunch breaks and wearing dressy clothes have begun. But also, for most grown ups, their studies are officially over (yay!). In some ways being a grown up gives us a license to say we are some sort of an expert in a certain field. Since we studied for several years, we must be hard workers and will definitely work efficiently and get the job done. I’m not so sure about all that though. Working hard takes constant commitment and discipline; it requires self-motivation and a sense of hope.

This past week I’ve heard the following phrase one too many times – “Welcome to the real world.”  Ah, the real world. So if I just now entered this, so called, real world, then what world was I in just a week ago? I believe I was welcomed to the real world when I realized that I have a job to get done here and that life isn’t about me. My eyes were opened to the fact that, yes I’m living in this world for now, but I am not of this world. I just don’t belong here.Transitioning from one phase of life to another doesn’t mean that has changed. Growing up and getting a secular job doesn’t affect, in any way, the real task at hand. Everything is the same. Well, everything important is still the same. The priorities of life are the same. My faith is the same. Jesus Christ is the same. Nothing has changed. Responsibilities have increased greatly, but there is only One who we will answer to in the end. So, I think it would be cool if we could transform our thinking. What if we thought of life as something different from what’s normal? What if we thought of life through Jesus’ eyes? What if we saw the world as He sees the world? We would still see that His love never fails; it never changes. And we would see, so clearly, that the phases of normal, worldly life, don’t have any bearing on the real task we were assigned to do.

The workplace is just a different setting we have to get His job done. As we keep our eyes set above, we are given a heavenly, eternal mindset. We know that there are tons of people around us who are seeking something greater. And even more people who are completely empty. The only thing eternal in this world are the souls in it. As I’ve started the 8-4 workdays, which really are 6:30-6:30 work days, I’ve struggled with understanding what I’m supposed to do with 8-12 hours worth of time not wholly focused on the Lord and His work. But through the past week, He’s shown me that there is always time for Him. There is always time to remember Him, praise Him, and do work for Him even in the midst of other things. And mainly, there is ALWAYS time to tell others about Him. It doesn’t take time or effort, all it takes is me opening my mouth and saying, “Let me tell you about Jesus, the One who loved me enough to save my life.”

If anyone knows my heart, it’s the Lord! He knows I want to work for Him; He knows I want everyone to understand the magnitude of His love. Every morning my prayer is, “Lord, open my eyes to see the people You want me to see today. Provide divine appointments for me no matter where I am or who is around. And when I’m looking for these people, help me keep my eyes fixed on You.” People don’t need help. They need Jesus. My prayer isn’t to help people. It’s to recognize the people who need to be broken of what they think is the truth and what they think is normal and then to show them Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

With an eternal perspective, there’s no way we will let responsibilities here, lack of time, or anything else come in the way of what we are called to do. Be encouraged in knowing that why we work hard is to one day stand in front of our Heavenly Father, to see a smile on His face saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The work we put in here will be greatly rewarded. I know that as I work for the Lord, He is also working for me.

My prayer for us is that we would work hard, and pray hard. Let’s be excellent in what the Lord has called us to. And let’s pray that He opens our eyes to what He sees and that we would always be in communication with Him because He’s the one who knows all things. Keep your eyes open and always looking. Working hard is good. Staying in step with and obeying the Lord is even better.

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