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Work is an important aspect of life. At school we are trained for it. As adults we are engaged in work. And at the end of each period of work (week, month or contract) we are rewarded for what we have done. Everyone is evaluated by the efficiency and effectiveness of finished work. One's work bears evidence of one's style, ability, personality and character. It is exactly the same in the spiritual realm. YaHuWaH has a family business in which every believer - after his/her initial schooling period - is allocated a job to do. How we do that job will affect our present life and the life to come.
YaHuWaH is the designer, upholder, repairer and the rewarder in the sacred business of life. In the physical universe we can see blueprints of His work: the symbolic designs and working models of His infinitely more important 'spiritual work' - the Work of Salvation! In the miracles of YAHUSHUA we are given physical demonstrations (shadows and types) of YaHuWaH 's spiritual work, His work of winning souls! I repeat: most, if not all, that the miracles YAHUSHUA the Messiah performed on earth were primarily illustrations of far greater restorations the Almighty had scheduled Himself in the field of human salvation. That is why many of the miracles of YAHUSHUA are referred to as signs! Here are a few examples of the Works of YaHuWaH !
|When I consider thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained.
|Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands.
|And the tables were the work of Elohim,
and the writing was the writing of Elohim, graven upon the tables.
|YAHUSHUA answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:
but that the works of YaHuWaH should be made manifest in him.
He maketh wars to cease. (He brings peace)
Be still and know that I am Elohim. (He brings salvation)
I will be exalted among the heathen. (Mission activity)
YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot is with us. (Invincibility/insurance)
NOTE: In YAHUSHUA we are given a perfect view of YaHuWaH working in the Vineyard of Salvation.
YaHuWaH has placed mankind over His great work of creation. In the physical and spiritual world, YaHuWaH 's army has a duty to perform. Yes, an awesome responsibility rests upon every adult believer.
|Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.
|For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
All jobs have a priority level. In other words, a worker must put first things first. It is the same with our spiritual employment: there are priority levels. There is one work which must come - and stay - first in sequence and importance always. Here it is.
|Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of YaHuWaH ?
29: YAHUSHUA answered and said unto them, This is the work of YaHuWaH, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.
In other words: Faith in YAHUSHUA the Messiah ;is the first and most important work you can ever do. All else follows from that starting point. Or rather, all else rests on that sure foundation.
|But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29: He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30: And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
31: Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. YAHUSHUA saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of YaHuWaH before you.
How are we to carry out our duties? Be prompt, diligent and give it everything you've got.
|1 Samuel 21:8
|... the king's business requires haste.
|Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
|So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
|Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might...
|Cursed be he that doeth the work of YaHuWaH deceitfully...
What we accomplish in this life will be evaluated by the Most High and rewarded accordingly. I can tell you that the rewards are beyond anything we can imagine. Never forget, however, that though 'entry' into YaHuWaH 's Kingdom depends entirely upon faith in YAHUSHUA the Messiah, a believer's 'position' in the Kingdom depends upon his/her personal performance in this present world. Be sure the Most High knows exactly how each worker in His workshop is working.
|"I know thy works, ... I know thy works, ... I know thy works."
|... and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
|And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
|And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
NOTE: When we say Works, we do not mean 'acts of penance' or 'payment for prayers for the dead' etc. We mean: holiness, righteousness, obedience, honesty, chastity, purity, goodness, meekness, temperance, patience etc. In other words the Works of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life.
Judging the performance of others is the easiest thing in the world. But it usually leads to pride and criticism. Judging others is a futile pastime. Why? Because at the Judgment the performance of another will be of no concern to you. Your own faith and performance will then be all that matters.
Here are three examples of personal assessment.
|Great achievements, but mostly vanity.
|I have glorified thee on the Earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.
|For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me...
|I have given them Thy word...
|And I have declared unto them Thy Name...
|...It is finished!...
Every task has a time limit, a period in which it must be finished. If the job isn't finished, it normally never gets done or is done by somebody else. In the Vineyard of Salvation it is the same - time is short.
|... wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?
|I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.
Believers often ask "What can I do?" Obviously not everyone can write tracts, preach sermons, or give sums of money to the church. Most members are poor and very busy doing the hundred and one things that go to support life. Nevertheless there are certain things all believers can do - no matter how poor, or busy or sick they may be. We can:
My advice to all is: Get to Work!