-Revival Issues: ‘As to The Lord’

St Paul's Cathedral dome from Paternoster Squa...

(St. Paul’s Cathedral London via Wikipedia)

 

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not vain.” -1Cor. 15:58

As the story goes the noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question: “What are you doing?”

-The first replied: “I am cutting stone for a shabby 10 shillings a day.”

-The second answered: “I am putting in 13 hard hours a day on this job.”

But the last said: “I am helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals.”

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One of the major issues of this current move of God revolves around where we spend the greatest amount of our waking hours. For most of us in America and in the Western world it is our jobs and occupations that take up the lion’s share of our lives.

Unfortunately it is a common attitude among Christians that work is a necessary evil that we do in order to support our families but it has no real eternal significance.  It is the few hours a week that we spend volunteering at church and involved in teaching Sunday school or some kind of ministry that is really important.

It is the imperative of this ‘Kingdom Come’ revival that we gain an understanding that everything we do is to be done “as to the Lord” and we are actually called to bring the Kingdom to work with us and expect to see the blessings of the Lord in a new way brought into the marketplace.

For years my day job was something to be tolerated and to get out of the way until I could do what was really important like teach a Bible study or preach a sermon or even play the big organ for the main service on Sunday.

Like most Christians in America I had the attitude that serving the Lord meant doing some kind of ministry. Then after pastoring for 3 years and finding out that it really wasn’t my calling I resigned myself to spending large amounts of time on a secular career that I never really ever wanted or prepared for but found that the Lord blessed it like I belonged there.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but feel like some kind of a failure of sorts even though I was immensely successful in a sales career and was able to touch more lives than I ever would have otherwise.

It has only been in the last several years that I have finally realized that I am right where the Lord placed me, doing what the Lord called me to do, both in my secular job and in the ministry in spite of my poor attitude over the years. Like two of the workers building the great cathedral in London I really didn’t see the vision of what the Lord was building in my life.

It is time that we all see the Kingdom come and His will be done at work for a change. That would truly be called revival.             *Top

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