Back to Reach | Devotion #1: Work and Worship
Ryan Story | Location Pastor – Burton
I sit down with an older man every other week. The purpose of our meetings is because I crave wisdom in my life. I love when people can speak truth into my life so I can be a better husband, father, and pastor. One of the things he tells me is a quote from Thomas Edison, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I have always enjoyed this quote, but I have often fallen victim to F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out). I have had to look at my life and realized that I have missed out on opportunities to see God work because I did not want to work.
I believe that God created man for two reasons. The first thing we were created to do was to worship God. The second thing that I think we were created for was to serve God. If you go back and read the creation account in Genesis chapter two, God and Adam both do some pretty amazing things. Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Adam was assigned by God the task to take care of paradise. The opportunity to take care of Eden was not a punishment; it was not because of sin. For some reason, we always think that work is a sin. Work is not sinning. Work is our means of worship. If we jump to Genesis chapter 3, we see that work becomes hard because of sin. We must always remember that God created man to work. So we all must get to work!
As much as I could talk about this idea for the remainder of this devotion, God showed me something that I have never seen before. Genesis 2:19 says, “Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens 80
and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.” It amazes me that God never commanded Adam to name the creatures. God simply sent every living beast to Adam, and he knew what to do. God did not have to beg, plead, or inspire Adam to do work. God simply sent work Adam’s way and Adam did it. The relationship between Adam and God was so perfect that God did not need to command Adam to serve Him, Adam just knew to do it.
You have heard the sermons and the announcements about serving. You have probably been told by God to serve in a ministry. Do not let the devil trick you into thinking that you do not have time, or you do not have the skills to help in a ministry. Do not allow serving to become what it is not meant to be. Serving should not be work, serving should not be something that pastors or leaders of the church beg you to do, nor should it be commanded. Serving should be our way of growing in our walk with our God. Serving should be us seeing the opportunities that God has given us and take the initiative to be used to further His kingdom.