Wednesday, July 29, 2015

1 Corinthians 9:9-10 -- On Plowing and Threshing in Hope

"For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope."
1 Corinthians 9:9-10

I really like the idea of being able to enjoy your work, or partake of the fruits of your labors.  I think it is sad when people tell me they only work for a paycheck... and I think it is even worse when I, myself feel like that.  And it isn't just paid employment of course, but whatever we do... raising children or going to school or whatever it is.  All of these can feel like we are just going through the motions at times.  Like it isn't actually making a difference, or it is failing.  And I definitely don't think that these verses make whatever it is that we do instantly successful or happy, and they don't turn enjoying your work into a commandment, but I do think that they show that it is a possibility.  That we *can* find hope in what we do, that we can feel a part of it and feel that we are doing something for God, even in the middle of campus, or corporate america, or the laundry room.  God wants us to be able to find joy in our work.  Today, let's work on it.  Let's find the good in what we are doing, and find ways to make things better, and dedicate ourselves to a good cause. :)  Let's find the hope and the joy in whatever we do.

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