I read this quote about a year ago and it’s stuck with me ever since:
“One man once asked D.L. Moody, who worked tirelessly day and night for God, if he was tired of the work to which Moody replied, “I’m tired in the work but I’m not tired of the work" acknowledging that laboring for the Lord is tiring but he never tired of doing work for the Lord. There is a difference and D.L. Moody marked it well.”
Some of you reading this may be senior pastors, associate pastors, worship pastors, some of you may not hold a position in the church, but we are all in full-time ministry. Our job as Christians, given to us by Jesus, is to “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19).
Colossians 3:17 tells us, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Kingdom work can be done in our day-to-day lives as much as it’s done from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. In fact, that is exactly what He is expecting of us. We have a responsibility to work tirelessly day and night for the Lord, honoring Him and letting Him shine through us in all areas of our lives. And while we may get tired (and in those tired seasons it is important to remember that rest is holy and imperative), we will never get tired of the work we are doing. Living in accordance with the will of God will always produce good fruit- the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and self-control.
I urge you to ask yourself a few questions today:
Am I tired and in need of rest, the kind of holy rest where I dwell in the presence of the Lord, study His word, listen to His voice and allow myself to be refreshed and renewed?
What kingdom work do I feel led to by the Holy Spirit? Is there more He is urging me to do? What areas in my day-to-day life do I need to focus more on doing as an act of worship and kingdom work before the Lord? What areas do I need to allow Him to shine through in?