Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Privilege of His Vineyard

(A repeat from 2005)

Responsibility becomes privilege when the labors of life are recognized as being performed in the Lord's vineyard.

"Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men" (Colossians 3:23).

"I have to do" becomes "I get to do" as we realize that "whatsoever ye do" bears the potential for worship and glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ. God does not categorize our lives into the sacred and the secular as we walk with Him, but rather calls us to the realization that altars are everywhere for the born again believer.

It is more than possible to cut the grass in the joy of Christ as we do it with Him, and for Him. Or care for the baby. Or drive to work. Or perform our work. Or brush our teeth. Or deal with problems and challenges. Or breathe the next breath. Or anything, excepting sin. Anything, and everything. Anywhere, and everywhere. Any time, and all the time.

The salvation of the Lord Jesus is far greater and more invasive than we normally realize. He has infused His life, love, zest and Divine enthusiasm into everything in our lives, and we fail to experience the gift only because of ignorance or unbelief. Our blessed Lord is near - He is here - and He purposes to walk with and within us to enable a joyous life of love, faith and obedience in all things. We were made for this, and let us encourage each other continually to open our eyes and see the beauty of the vineyard in which we labor. Even more, let us behold the beauty of the vineyard's Master because He is here, and we are privileged - we get to do all that we do with Him and for Him.

"I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
(II Corinthians 6:16)

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