PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Sep
20

Godly Heart & Work Ethic

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means." (Daniel 5:17)
Observation
Daniel was offered a dream job, a promotion in the kingdom of Babylon. All he had to do was interpret King Belshazzar's dream. Fine clothing, fine wine and a fine leadership position that would give him the 3rd highest rank on the King's fractal! What an enticing offer!

Compromise in these kinds of situations can be tempting. But I think Daniel had such an unwavering faith and mission that he let the "worldy, selfish" part if him be put to death.
Application
I'm inspired to be God's laborer, no matter what the "pay!" It just so happens that my compensation comes through the church, which is very humbling and scary. I'm accountable to God, as my boss, as His representative to lead, shepherd and equip the saints.

I remember working in restaurant management over full time hours and still volunteering for His Kingdom through my church. Nothing should change even now. But sometimes I'm tempted to slack, relax and coast. OUCH - that stinks!

Today - I commit to never give in to that temptation. Of course I'll rest, prioritize, obey God. But when it comes to work ethic, giving my best, not "working for money", etc. I want to believe and serve differently. Not as the world would serve for a paycheck, but as Christ served for the sake of obeying His Father! I need to constantly evaluate my heart ethic when it comes to my work ethic!
Prayer
Dear Daddie God! You are so incredible to shape me through this word. Thank You! Now help me to live this out in motive, in attitude and perspective. Help my work ethic to match the talk of my love for You! I love you sooooo much!

Devotions for September 20

Daniel 5,6
Psalms 130
Luke 3

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