Gems From Pastor Jim for 12/19/2017

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.

Whatever work you do in life, commit it to the Lord. Do what you do for the Lord and not personal gain or glory. Consider your work to be an extension of your service to the Lord. Do what you do out of a heart of love for Him. Do your best in order to reflect your love for Christ. Let your work be a living testimony of the difference Christ makes in the way you think and act in the world. Let the Lord use you in your work to glorify himself.

If you do these things, your plans will succeed. The Lord will bless your efforts and honor you with all you need in life. He will fulfill His promise to give you the delights of your heart as you take delight in Him. If your heart is right in the Lord it will be reflected in your work and your work will be a reflection of your heart.

Too many people’s testimonies have been ruined because of their work ethic. Too many professing believers are willing to compromise their faith in the workplace for the sake of their jobs or careers. Too many believe Satan’s lie that the end justifies the means.

When we commit our work to the Lord, we are committing ourselves to doing our best for the Lord and to being at our best for Him. We are committing ourselves to being ambassadors for the Lord that others might see Christ at work in us. We should always strive to be different than the world in the way we approach our work. If we approach our work as a spiritual act of worship, the Lord will bless our work and we will be successes in His eyes. The Lord deserves nothing but our best. Either give Him your best, or don’t call yourself by His name wherever you may work.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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