I think each of us can share moments when our work has gone unnoticed. It seems to happen most often when we try our hardest.
Paul McCusker's post from yesterday was especially powerful to me, and perhaps powerful to you as well. If you haven't had a chance to read it, scroll down and take a gander. He shared the life of one seemingly insignificant person, Hurum-Abi.
The Bible doesn't say that Hurum-Abi received any awards, special gifts from those he helped, or even a pat on the back. It seems he packed his bags after his last day of work and went home.
This is the task we have here during our life time. The Bible says this life is short, a mere breath. What we do with it is very significant for the future--for those who will be going to heaven.
This is still January. Still the first month of 2014.
God will bless us with Hurum-Abi moments. Opportunities to do something big and something small, both important to His plan.
Completing the task we are given with a joyful heart and remembering to give difficult situations to God will brighten our day and give us the strength to continue the job we are called to do.
Some day we will have our bags packed by God then He'll call us home. Our real home. The home we were designed to enjoy.
Once in heaven, we will be able to reflect on our time here on earth at the judgement seat. THAT is the moment when God will give us a crown, our rewards for work well done. His hug and smile, words of comfort and encouragement will stir an unbelievable joy.
What components do you think Hurum-Abi had to keep his thoughts on the straight and narrow?
Here are a few ideas I thought of:
1. He looked at his work and saw that it was good.
2. He had a self satisfaction in a good day's work.
3. He was content with the situation.
4. He explored ways to improve his product and present that to the king.
5. He did his work then he went home.
A group of people were once asked what God thought of them. Many said, "He is disappointed in me. He doesn't like the work I do. I am a failure."
Yet the Bible says all the contrary. God's Word tells us He loves us. He joys over us with singing. He protects us, cares for us, provides for us, wants to be with us, will go looking for us when we hide from him--so that we may be comforted and so much more.
You are a treasure loved by God.
When He calls you to do a task, like Hurum-Abi, rest assured:
1. You will have all that you need for the job,
2. You will not be asked to do more than you can handle,
3. You will be given the talents required to do the job
4. You were chosen for the job because you are the right one to do the job.
My word for this year is devoted. I am devoted to walking with you, crying with you, laughing with you, praying for you, assisting you in any way I can. How can I pray for you? How can I rejoice with you?
May the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you today, and every day for the rest of this year.