14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.— 1 Thess 5:14, 15 NIV
We pray and ask God to bless the work of our hands, but if we aren’t doing anything with our hands, there is nothing for God to bless. If we are doing the works of our Father, then He certainly will bless the works of our hands. We do need to be full time Christians, but that doesn’t mean we have to be employed by the church or a mission organization, God needs workers in the workplace. Our vocation and how we support our families is important to God. He has placed us in secular organizations to spread His Word there. Jesus was a friend to sinners and we can use that example in our workplaces. We can build bridges by encouraging the disheartened and helping those that are weak. Each of us have areas in our lives that are weak and need developing. We need to look for those weak areas in those around us. Not so that we can criticize the other person, but so that we will be able to encourage them and build them up. When we find them, we need to pray for them and marinate those weak areas in prayer. We need to pray for discernment for ourselves, so that we can be specific in our prayers for others. Then with love, patience and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we can help them develop their weak areas.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. — Eph. 4:32 NIV
As the old adage goes, “No one cares what you know, until they know that you care”. Our lifestyles will let them know whether or not, we really care . So, above all, we must live our lives so that they see Jesus in us everyday.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.– Psalm 90:17 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous