Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 26 Scripture Selection: Job 7-9
Food for Thought: Job 7:1, 2
Job expresses in 7:1, 2 exactly how many people feel. You are born, you work like a servant, then you die. Such a futile perspective, though for many, it is an accurate feeling because they don’t have the bigger picture. What a difference Jesus makes in our lives and in our outlook on life!
The Christian should never see life that way. In John 15:15, Jesus, speaking to His disciples, said, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” And beyond that, once Jesus completed His work on the cross and was resurrected, the Father refers to the believer in Jesus Christ as Savior as a son of the living God (Rom. 9:26). In fact, Jesus is referred to as “the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom. 8:29),” giving the Christian a status far beyond that of a lowly servant strapped with burdens.
Yes, we do serve Him, but as a son or daughter would serve his father or a brother serving with pleasure alongside his sibling. Further, the position of a son comes with many benefits that a servant would not enjoy. And a servant works for wages. Any “work” that we do in our lives for the Lord is done because we love Him and people. That “yoke” is light, and actually produces great joy which cannot compare to mere money. Even in a secular job, it is all about perspective. When the Christian realizes that God is his source, not the job, and that he is there for a greater purpose, a divine assignment, then he no longer feels like a servant, but as a representative member of the family of the Lord. No longer does he work for a living, placing all hope in the provision of the job (though he receives a paycheck). His living comes from the Father!
The Christian’s whole, delightful purpose should be to bring glory to the Lord in everything he/she does. With Colossians 3:17, 23, and 24 as the Christian’s mission in life, he/she would never fall into the disheartening attitude of just existing: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):