Friday, December 3, 2010

Daily devotional: Working hard in the Lord

Scripture
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
Romans 16:12 NIV

Observation
What an awesome reality it is that we who are in Christ Jesus through faith in Him are also in God the Father (1 Thessalonians 1:1). But even though we are in Him, we can still go forth and work in our own strength. The challenge is for us not to just live in the Lord, but also work hard not with our own strength but as Persis did, to work very hard in the Lord.

Application
Commit my work to the Lord. Trust in Him to do the work in me and through me. Don't take the burden on myself or limit my work to what I can in my own strength accomplish.

Prayer
Lord, You are holy and awesome. It is beautiful to be in You. Thank you for the protection, the guidance, the strength, the nourishment, the discipline, the grace, the peace, and the joy that all come from being in You. I pray that You would work today in me and through me. Let me not work in my own accord or for my own edification but rather for Your glory, in Your strength, and with Your power. I love you!

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