Our All

Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your master, remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns. He is the one you are really working for. And if you don't do your best for him, he will pay you in a way that you won't like - for he has no special favorites who can get away with shirking. Colossians 3: 23-25 (TLB)

Joey Ortiz is from Texas. When he entered high school, it seemed like everyone already knew one another. He felt alone and insecure. At lunch and in classes, he watched and studied the way other students talked and how they treated one another. Hearing talk of sex, drugs, and violence disappointed Joey and made him worry.

Each day he prayed for his high school and asked God to use him. After a week of praying, God prompted him to start a prayer circle. He was nervous and scared he would be judged, but he trusted God. Joey began to ray every morning in the front lobby. Some days people would pray with him, and other days he would stand by himself. As he continued to pray, he felt God speaking to him again: "I was only following God's guidance within my comfort zone; I wasn't giving my all to what God had called me to do." So Joey put up fliers throughout the school and posted the information about the prayer circle on social media. Joey asked other students to help spread the word. By the end of that year, more than 30 of them prayed together almost every day.

When God calls us, we often do the bare minimum and then blame God when things don't work out. But God asks us to give all of ourselves to our work. No matter what we do for God, we can give it our all - just as God does for us.

Prayer: Dear God, give us the strength and motivation we need to work for your kingdom, in Jesus' name, amen

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