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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
Psalm 115:3-10
Matthew 9:32-38

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“The harvest is good but laborers are scarce. Beg the Harvest Master to send out laborers to gather His harvest.”—Matthew 9:37-38

Throughout our lives, we work hard for many years. We can work for the building of God’s kingdom (see Mt 6:33) and the gathering of His harvest (Mt 9:38), or we can work for ourselves. “You are not to spend what remains of your earthly life on human desires but on the will of God. Already you have devoted enough time to what the pagans enjoy” (1 Pt 4:2-3). “You should not be working for perishable food but for food that remains unto life eternal, food which the Son of Man will give you” (Jn 6:27). In serving the Lord, therefore, “whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men” (Col 3:23).
After the first sin, work became one of the main ways we curse ourselves (see Gn 3:17). However, “there is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rm 8:1). Jesus has saved us from the curse of work by giving us a new nature and the privilege of working for, with, and in Him. With joy and thanksgiving, work in love of Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, may I work as Jesus worked.

Promise:  “Jesus continued His tour of all the towns and villages. He taught in their synagogues, He proclaimed the good news of God’s reign, and He cured every sickness and disease.” —Mt 9:35

Praise:  Bob and Marie answered the call to become coworkers of Presentation Ministries.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Job Performance for Jesus, order, view or download our leaflet or order, listen to, or download our CD 43-3 or DVD 43 on our website.)

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