The Work of God
We describe our work life as a hustle or grind. We work hard for the man and money, but how hard do you work for the Lord?
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27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” – John 6:27-29 NKJV
“I’m on my hustle (or hustling).” “I’m on my grind (or grinding).” These are two phrases that a lot of people in my generation, and younger, like to say when they are describing their work ethic; These are phrases that you’ll see practically everyday on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We want to let everybody know just how hard we’re working! Our work ethic is strong – very strong! Our work ethic is incredibly strong when we’re working for the man. However, what is our work ethic like when it comes to working for the Lord?
Working for the man
We are slaves to work (job labor). Very few folks realize just how much a job runs their life. We almost have to be a slave to the job because food has to be put on the table, and a roof has to be put over head. In most cases, we don’t just work for ourselves but to support a family as well. Bills also have to be paid so that the water don’t get turned off, or so that the electricity do not get turned off. With a job, we get paid so that we can have that food on the table, that roof overhead, and be able to pay those bills. We are slaves to jobs.
We are also slaves to the results of said labor. The results of labor that includes: being able to live comfortably in a house or apartment, being able to go out and have a good time, being able to have nice things, and being able to have great vacations. We understand that without the results of working, being paid, that most of these things would be impossible to enjoy. We then become slaves to being paid – getting money.
We work hard for the man! We often complain about working for the man, but we love the results of being able to work. We love it so much that our body clocks become used to getting out of our comfortable beds to “hit the clock” in good or bad health. The one thing that we don’t want to happen is to lose that job – we don’t want to lose that income! I can’t blame anybody for their hustle or their grind – I get it! However, I must ask, do you do the same for the Lord?
The grind and hustle for God
What about our grind and hustle when it comes to God? We get annoyed by the Jehova Witnesses when they are out in the community doing their thing; I know, because I used to be one of those people. We joke, laugh, and try to ignore when they’re knocking on the door or passing out their pamphlets. They are only doing what they feel is a service, or labor, for God. I may not agree with what they teach, but I respect them for their hustle.
We get annoyed by the deacons, preachers, and church goers when they are trying to let somebody, somewhere know about the gospel. You see, the ones that try to spread the gospel are often picked on and mocked for doing what they believe in. I often sit back and wonder, why do we knock those that are on their grind (laboring) for the Lord? We don’t necessarily knock people for working hard on a job, but when it comes to laboring for the Lord – it becomes a joke.
Another thing I have noticed are the believers that would much rather lay down on God. In other words, we become like the man that got 1 talent and decided to bury his talent – not putting to use his 1 talent. I cannot understand how a genuine believer would choose to lay down on the Lord. I cannot understand how a genuine believer would choose not to labor for God. The Spirit cannot sit still in a genuine believer, it wants to move! James said, faith without work is dead! (James 2:20)
I have also noticed that there are other believers who will only work if they can get something, like a payment, in return. The people within the text of our key verse went on to ask Jesus, “what sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? (v.30)” They wanted something in return for if they labored for the Lord – they wanted to know that Jesus was real – that was the only way they would labor.
The key here is that Jesus tells us clearly that “the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” Faith in the Son is the work of God. Having faith is our job. Having faith is laboring for the Lord. Real faith does not say, “give me a sign and I will then do” – that is not faith. Faith is stepping out on the Lord, not knowing what lies out in front of you, but knowing that the Lord is not going to let you step off a cliff! The odd thing is that people are busy looking for some reward, like a sign, and the Lord has already promised life eternal.
For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. – John 6:33
Genuine faith is going to move and work. The work of genuine faith in the Lord is going to work on behalf of the Lord. One who works for God does not worry about the Lord paying him or her! Why? Because the genuine believer know that the reward of the Lord is not an earthly reward but a heavenly reward! Do you rather receive a reward of an earthly kind or a reward of a heavenly kind? I choose heaven all day everyday.
A God that works for you!
You do all of that work for the man, come home after work, and think to yourself how your peers aren’t working as hard as you; you then begin to think about your supervisors and bosses. How many supervisors or bosses have you had that you actually felt did work for you? I already told you about my old job, it seemed like whenever business picked up, my supervisors and bosses disappeared – they were in “meetings”. If somebody wanted to speak to a supervisor: vanished, gone, disappeared. Maybe they were also on their “hustle” and “grind”.
It really felt like every man/woman for him/herself; which is probably why I started up a business with my brother. It’s truly a joy and pleasure to know that my brother is putting in the same work, if not more work, into the business as I am. The same goes for laboring for the Lord. I enjoy laboring for the Lord because my Lord is a God that labors for me!
I understand that the Lord God works on a 24/7, 365 schedule for both me and you. The Lord works while I’m both asleep and awake! The Lord works behind the scenes getting things done. He works at His pace which, I must admit, may not be at the speed I would want Him to work at, but He is always right on time with the results. This is why I love putting in work for my God – the labor of faith!
Faith, it moves and it compels us to move. Genuine faith will not allow you to sit down or lay down on the Lord. Faith is going to strive for the kingdom of heaven! The Lord also put in work for us to be able to enter into His house. The one thing we ought to want to do, as genuine believers, is to let somebody know about the our Father’s house. I’m on a spiritual grind, working for the kingdom of heaven and for the Lord. Join me on this spiritual grind.