Confessions of a Workaholic

What are the characteristics of a good Christian work? There are good works; expressly, humanistic qualities of a ‘good citizen’. Then there is the working power of God. What defines the work of Christ in ‘good citizens’ of the immoveable, unshakable Kingdom of heaven?

The work of Christ is always done in unmistakably God kinds of ways, not always boisterous, but always outside of human capabilities. We are expected to love our neighbors, so we faithfully bake them Christmas cookies for years, but can we show them God? When the human will in us is exhausted is precisely where God’s strength is made plain, both to whom we respond and to us.

Anyone at rest in God has “ceased from his own works” (Hebrews 4:10). For it is indeed “God Who is at work within us both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)!

All commandments in the Bible are ludicrous to the person trusting in himself. Knowing my humanness, it is staggering to know what God expects from us, and I despair, “This is impossible!” and God says “Yes, that’s right.” And I realize again the supreme value of Christ’s life.

Confessions of a Workaholic

God’s Real Estate

God must enjoy building. Atlars, tabernacles, foundations, cornerstones and astonishingly us- we are His building. Patriarchs built Him altars, kings built Him temples and He builds us the temple of Jesus Christ “who is the High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle“.

Consider the spaces God filled for man.

Eden. Genesis 2:8.

Sinai. Exodus 3:5.

Shiloh. Judges 18:31.

The tabernacle. Exodus 40:34.

The Israelites understood their unique position as God’s people, it required them to be ritually pure and separate from foreigners.

As well the church, being under construction by the Spirit with Christ ‘s preeminent role of cornerstone and fully occupied by God.

But it’s in the human heart, occupying its mind, enthralling its soul and preserving its strength; it’s here God dwells, completely in the life of Christ, in this way fulfilling His promise:

“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore” (Ezekiel 37:26).

God’s Real Estate