I love to work.
When I was 8 years old I asked my father for an allowance. Two weeks later he told me, “I have something better – I found you a job.”
That was not what I was hoping for. But as an 8 year-old cleaning a factory in our family business, I learned to work hard. I learned to love to work.
Full-time, part-time, over-time, nights, weekends, side-hustle – I love to work.
What’s my hobby? Working.
Kidmin is hard work and I love it. The rhythm of summer camp, VBS, and recruiting new volunteers gives way to fall launch and kickoff season. I find many people who share my calling for ministering to children and their families in the life of the church love to work as well. This love often fuels healthy ministry, but at the root, it can cause us to miss our role in what God is doing.
Our love for the Lord’s work can cause us to dramatically overestimate our role in the Lord’s work.
Listen to these words from Isaiah:
From long ago no one has ever heard of a God like you.
No one has ever seen a God besides you.
You help the people who trust you.—Isaiah 64:4 (ICB)
Did you hear that?
No one ever dreamed God was like this. We put our best minds on it…nothing. Even when our minds were untethered by reality, we could not comprehend a God like this. God had to reveal it to us in the Bible.
The simple truth: the burden of God’s heart is to work for people, not to have them work for him.
Listen to another passage:
The Lord searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to him. He wants to make them strong.—2 Chronicles 16:9 (ICB)
In other words the Christian gospel is not a “Help Wanted” sign. God is not looking for labor. He is looking for people who magnify his power and wisdom and love by admitting their needs and letting him labor for them.
God works. We magnify His work.
Start the year right and go magnify His work today.