Clocking in is a very real part of getting our paycheck.
Whether we have an actual timecard we punch, or we log in on our computer, we want credit for our time on the job.
It doesn’t do for us to miss out on our paycheck. If we don’t show up at work, that’s exactly what will happen.
When the whistle blows, our boss expects us to be there.
Christ is every Christian’s boss.
Yes, he’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother, but he’s also checking our timecard. He knows where we were Saturday night, and he’s aware when we sleep in on Sunday morning. He might understand, and he might forgive us, but our timecard reveals the dedication we have for the things of God.
Exodus 36:2 falls in the time of building the Temple of the Lord. Workers were needed. It was to be a labor of love.
“And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.”
How do we know it was a labor of love to build the Temple of the Lord? Their hearts were stirred to come do the work. Those were the people whose timecards needed to be punched.
Not everyone was stirred to do the work. The same is true today. Not everyone is called to do every job in the church.
What has God suggested you do? That’s what he’s keeping track of on your timecard. You may not be a teacher in the church or a van driver on Kid’s Night. God may have something else he wants you to do. Whatever God uses to tug on your heart, the whistle is about to blow, and your timecard is ready to be punched.
Be ready. Be there. Come and do the work.
When Jesus is our motivation, no job for him will seem too hard.
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