From: The Pastor’s Heart
Title: Work It Out
It’s been a long time since I worked in corporate america. I admit, sometimes I miss it, but
most days I don’t (smile). One of the things I remember quite clearly is that I often felt
‘overworked and underpaid’. I’m sure that’s how many of you may feel at times especially
when your extra efforts go unnoticed or unappreciated. It’s natural to want recognition for
a job well done and even though you may not depend on it to uplift your day, it’s good to
hear that someone acknowledges your work. Today, however, instead of looking at this
from how it directly affects you and I, let’s see it from the Lord’s viewpoint and how it
directly affects Him when dealing with you and I.
If there’s anyone who worked and is working hard for us, it’s our Savior, Jesus Christ. He
continues to appeal our case to the Father on a daily basis, and as our mediator and
petitioner, He took upon Himself our sins and removed us from a life of eternal
damnation. Any prayer that we send to the Father can only be received if addressed in the
name of Jesus. We have no real power to penetrate the wonders of heaven without Him.
His blood not only purifies our souls but it also allows the glory of God to consider what
amount of grace we receive.
There’s no doubt or debate that He’s working hard for us, the question is (however), is He
receiving due recognition and payment from us? I know there’s no amount of money that
we could ever pay to match what He’s done for us, but what about the level and
consistency of our praise and honor to Him. Does it match in energy and output what He
does for us daily? Are we giving Him our all no matter what we’re facing in life? Are we
allowing the various challenges we face to interrupt the joy that’s supposed to be flowing
A well known verse in St. John says, “God is Spirit and they that worship Him must
worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” What we give to God in service can not be interrupted
by what we first overcome in living. The admiration and celebration that we’ve been
instructed to offer blesses Him every time we send it up and since He’s always working to
provide for us, we should be always working to produce for Him. We are not sanctified
and set aside to do ‘what we can’, but rather to do ‘what He’s commanded’.
Today, ask yourself if you are truly offering your BEST to Him regardless of the obstacles in
your way, or are you giving Him the Best YOU can based on how you feel at this time.
There’s a difference.
EVERYTHING WE DO MOVING FORWARD WILL BE INTENTIONAL AND DRIVEN WITH
PURPOSE TO REPRESENT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THE BEST POSSIBLE LIGHT!
NOTHING WILL BE DONE WITH ENERGY LESS THAN OUR BEST AND EFFORT BELOW
OUR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL.
OUR SERVICE IS LOCAL, BUT OUR REACH IS GLOBAL – SO WE CANNOT REDUCE OUR
PRESENTATION DOWN TO WHAT’S CONVENIENT, BUT RATHER WE MUST RAISE IT TO
THAT WHICH IS EXPLOSIVE!
Get ready for major change that’s coming systematically, intellectually, purposefully, and
professionally. Nothing we do moving forward will be done haphazardly, sloppily, poorly,
We Are the LIGHT!
Pastor J.E. Chandler, Sr.
(CEO/Pastor of MLCM)