Google+ 02/09/13 Jesus is Counting on You!

Psalm 127:1-2


Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night,
Anxiously working for food to eat;  for God gives rest to his loved ones.


Make no mistake, hard work is always a major part of God's Kingdom.  Today's Scripture points out a major pitfall of our modern day society.  There is one of those "cute church sign sayings" that I absolutely detest.  You know the one that says, "Jesus is coming...look busy." I beg your pardon!  On behalf of Jesus and Solomon, the writer of our psalm today, "looking busy" is not what God wants!  If you don't believe me, read our two verses again.  One of my "pet peeves" is how much time people waste, in theory, on behalf of God.  If it is not God's work, it is useless.  So that no one misunderstands, depending on how you look at it and whether your eyes are turned to Jesus, all our work is God's work.  The job that you go to everyday can well be the work of the Kingdom.  Everyday we head off to school, we can be doing God's work and living His example.  These can also be colossal wastes of time and energy when God is not the center of our universe.  All of our efforts to "build the house" and "protect the city" are useless if not done for, with, and through God the Almighty.  Now comes the major point that Solomon makes so well.  Solomon says, "It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat."  For all those of you in the audience that want to point to this passage as a license to acuse people of being "workaholics," you would err in your discernment.  We should work all day for the Kingdom.  God demands it.  What we should NOT do is work and worry about our "daily bread."  God promised us that He would take care of that, so we could get on with all His other work!  We are not supposed to "toil" for worldly concerns, whether it be for provisions, property, or prosperity.  Jesus has all those covered. We are to "work hard from early morning until late at night," furthering God's Kingdom.  The rest of the ungodly "building" and "protecting" we do all day, is wasted time.  In my ministry, I pray daily that God will protect me from the "time wasters."  These are people that have nothing to do for God's Kingdom, but want to "look busy" when Jesus shows up.  I politely dismiss them after I ask a very important question about the task they want me to accomplish.  The question is "How does this activity, meeting, church service, or social event, enrich the Kingdom of God?"  Once this question is answered, I can proceed in God's direction.  Telling someone about Jesus, which can be done in so many different ways, enriches God's Kingdom.  Genuine worship, which has God and Jesus as the central, primary, and ONLY focus, builds the Kingdom of God.  Discussing whether the music is too loud or soft, whether the air conditioning or heat is set to exactly the right temperature, convening a "committee meeting" for all the "ax grinders" to vent, or figuring out if we have exactly the right altar cloth in place with exact measurements in front and back, does not further the Kingdom of God in any way.  As a matter of fact, it detracts from what should be our goal and mission every day.  The last line of our Scripture today explains why everyone who works tirelessly for the Kingdom of God, always looks joyful and renewed, no matter how much sleep they get on a given day.  Solomon simply tells us that, "God gives rest to His loved ones. " Thank you Jesus!   Please don't look busy for Jesus.  I have a secret to tell you.  He already knows whether you are busy for His Father's Kingdom or not!   Pray daily that God will make you productive and don't let Satan derail you.  You will find the devil comes to work everyday and will attempt to cross your path!  Do what Jesus did.  Jesus looked at Peter and said, "Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."  Look in the mirror.  Say hello to "Peter."  Jesus is counting on you!