As we concluded the sermon series Joyful Monday last Sunday, I remembered this verse from the first book in the Bible: He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, ‘Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD’ (Genesis 10:9, NIV) I have read this verse many times in my reading through the Old Testament, but for some reasons it did not catch my attention until just recently. The verse says that Nimrod, who was a descendant of one of Noah’s sons (Ham), was not just a hunter; he was a mighty hunter. But he was more than just a mighty hunter; he was a mighty hunter before the Lord. What does this mean? I believe this means that Nimrod did his hunting –a very common activity in that day– as doing it for the Lord. Though hunting was a common activity and had nothing special or spiritual about it, Nimrod hunted as hunting for the Lord and this made him a mighty hunter before the Lord. I believe that hunting for him was not just an occupation or a way of getting his food; it was an act of worship.
You too can do your business, your job, your ministry, etc. – however common or small it might be – for the Lord; and when you do this it changes from being a job or an occupation to becoming an act of worship which makes God happy. What we need is to change our attitude and stop seeing work merely as an occupation and recognize it as a gift from God. Then we will be grateful and honour Him in it.
You can worship and serve God anywhere – in your job, your business, your home, etc. You do not have to be a preacher like me to serve God. Someone said there is no wrong place to serve God. The Lord has placed you where you are in life for His purpose. You can serve Him anywhere, including where you are right now. How? By obeying Colossians 3:23 which says, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Do this and become a mighty clerk, banker, teacher, CEO, manager, wife, student, mother, businessperson, lawyer, doctor, etc. before the Lord. Remember, it is God who gave you whatever you have, be it a job, business, home, family, skill, profession, etc. (see John 3:27). And one day we will all stand before Him to give an account of how we lived our lives.
My prayer for you is that God will bless you and enable you to do your work and live your life before Him and for Him so that when your turn comes to stand before Him you will hear Him say those “magic words” to you: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
May God make you a mighty ______________________ (you fill in the blank) before Him today and always!
Point to Ponder
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.