Thursday, March 16, 2017
Exodus 20:1-3: God spoke all these words: “I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me."
For those of us who are considered, "Workaholics," this passage has a tendency to annoy us. Why? Because it's that we work so much. We are used to putting in the 12 - 14 hour days, sometimes six or seven days a week. "We have to." we say to ourselves. "In order to pay the bills, in order to keep the business operational, in order to stay ahead of the game." There are a lot of reasons why people are workaholics. These are just a couple.
What is all this work doing for you? What is it doing for your family? What is it doing for the people with whom you work? Is it necessary that you put in all those hours? Or is it something that you feel that you "have to do?"
That is one reason why these words from God cut to the core of the workaholic. Work, and what we do at work, is the god of our lives. And when the workaholic thinks about what it is doing to him, or her, the family, friends, and his, or her, relationship with God, he, or she, begins to think, "Maybe I can 'give up' this workaholism?"
And you can. When you are up to speed with the grace and mercy of God and that He is Your God, work becomes something different. Something, or someone, else replaces work as the number one thing in your life. God, once again, sits as the number one person in your life. God the Holy Spirit will turn that dedication to work into a dedication to Him. Let's pray.
Father God, thank You for Jesus who saved us from our sins and sinfulness. Lead us to turn away from the sin of making work into our god and turn again to You as our God by means of the Holy Spirit. Direct us to channel our work to You, our family, our friends, and our Church. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.