The essence of work is to produce desired results. However, beyond the physical input of work, the motivation behind our work also matters. Our opening text emphasizes this by showing us two ways that people often work; heartily as unto God, or in eye-service to impress men.
The term ‘eye-service’ is used to describe a behaviour where a person only works hard or performs well when he knows that someone is watching. It is pretending to be productive and hardworking only for the sake of appearances or to avoid getting into trouble.
For instance, in the workplace, some people resort to eye-service with the excuse that they are being under-appreciated. In other words, they feel that they do not need to exert themselves on a job because they do not really earn enough anyway. However, our opening text shows us that the focus of our work ought not to be for the purpose of impressing man, but rather, on pleasing God. This highlights the importance of doing things for the right reasons, and not just to gain approval or recognition from others.
Ultimately, doing things with integrity is not only fulfilling because of the immediate returns, but also because it leads to personal growth in the long run, and shows your accountability to a higher authority.
Therefore, whatever you do, remember to act in accordance with your values and principles, regardless of whether anyone is watching or aware of your actions. This would require courage and discipline, and may not always be easy, but it is always worth it in the end.
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Father in the name of Jesus, give me the courage and strength to work with all my heart as unto you in the name of Jesus.
🏞️ PRAYER FOR A NATION – NEPAL
The largest religion is Hinduism with 93% unreached with the Gospel. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by law, but only in limited measures. Non-Hindus cannot proselytize. If they do, they risk fines, imprisonment, and in the case of expatriates, expulsion.
1. Prayer for the nation: Father in the name of Jesus, we pray that you will raise missionaries within the government institutions of Nepal, who will preach the Gospel within them and beyond, in Jesus Name.
2. Prayer for the leaders: Father, we ask that you will give the leaders of this nation, a heart of integrity that upholds justice and truth, in Jesus name.
🕍PRAYER FOR ISRAEL – (Ps 122:6)
Father in the name of Jesus, show your mercy and favour in this set time to Israel. Let your mercy not depart from Israel, in Jesus Name
💒 PRAYER FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH
Dear Lord, we pray that the church will become more conscious and fully involved in the ministry of reconciliation and evangelism, in Jesus name.
☄️ PRAYER FOR SOULS / REVIVAL
Dear Father, we ask that you will cause the heart of every unsaved soul in our city to be fertile and prepared to receive the goodnews of the gospel that we bring to them, in Jesus name.
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