Teach me how to do Better Work

Written by: Christopher Sernaque

Dear Readers,

The Spirit of Prophecy records a beautiful prayer that God’s people should pray every single day. This magnificent, yet succinct, prayer found in the book Ministry of Healing contained a line that made an indelible impression on my mind this morning. The line referred to is, “Teach me how to do better work.” This present author decided to pray to God earnestly and began to study the Bible, tracing the word “work” through the Scriptures. Reading the sacred text in a pragmatic fashion, this present author, to his great joy, found that God’s Word is full of principles that will reinvigorate the work ethic of any honest seeker of truth. The following rules are the result of the study. May you, dear reader, be blessed by them.

  1. Proper rest is needed for proper work. (Genesis 2:2-3)

  2. There is comfort to be found in hard work. (Genesis 5:29)

  3. God works on your behalf when you fear and believe Him. (Exodus 14:31)

  4. Learning Biblical principles of work will provide a clear path for your feet. (Exodus 18:20)

  5. Rest, and rest with others, is refreshing after you have put in the work. (Exodus 20:9-10, Exodus 23:12)

  6. Idolatrous work must be dismantled if proper work is to be accomplished. (Exodus 24:10)

  7. Golden angels are humble in their work. (Exodus 25:18, ST March 21st, 1911)

  8. All meaningful work undertaken, or work which propagates Light, is worth investing your gold in all of its components. (Exodus 25:31,36)

  9. If you want to do cunning work, take into consideration the law of God, the royalty of the Godhead, the sacrifice of Christ and the work of angels. (Exodus 26:1, 31)

  10. Engrave the experience contained in the name of Israel into your work. (Genesis 32:28, Exodus 28:11)

These ten codes of work ethic conduct, when meditating on, are sure to produce a positive effect on your life, dear reader. Take for instance the sixth rule in the above list. How readest thou? Simply put, holding onto sin is forgoing blessing in your life. (Jeremiah 5:25) Thus, if you seek to succeed in life, you must recognize that the idols you set up as monuments are actually roadblocks. Every person, object, habit, or philosophy which separates you from the Logos, or the Truth as it is in Christ, necessarily dichotomizes you from the path of light. (John 1:1-14) Think about these statements on a personal level. Rather than blame God, family, friends, enemies, rivals, circumstance, happenstance, thoughts perchance, or any other wicked perpetrator, contemplate how your own sinful malpractices have hindered your success in life. How many people could you have influenced for Christ had you not stoked the flames of a bad temper? How many friendships have your tarnished because your ears desired to hear gossip and your mouth decided to spread it? How many hairs have you had to pull out of your thick skull because you lost something that you would not have lost had you maintained order in your home? Any sin, whether it be plundering, pouting, or pornographic images will produce agony in your life, agony in the lives of your loved ones, and agony in the life of the Saviour who gave His life for you.

Consider these facts: Recalling your sins to mind is a painful, but enlightening practice. Noting how your sins have hindered your prosperity is a discouraging yet hopeful process. Agonizing over the thought of the broken heart of your Saviour will give you a new heart. Recalling sin is painful because we recognize that we have hurt God, our loved ones, and ourselves, it is enlightening because it shows us our great need of a Savior. (Romans 7:24-25) Understanding that our progress was hindered by the very sins we cherish is discouraging because it leads us to think about how far we would be in life had we not counteracted our success with sin, it is hopeful because we should appreciate just how high we can be lifted out of the mire of sin by Christ. (Philippians 4:13) Finally, when we think of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ it should cause our hearts to tremble to the point where we ask God for a new heart. (Ezekiel 36:26-27) Open your Bible to the sixth verse of the sixth chapter of Hebrews. How many sins have you, dear reader, commited just this morning? How many sins has this present author commited, just this year? We often ask where God is when we are suffering, perhaps the answer in part is that He is being crucified afresh for our sins. Lord help us to recognize that we need the impartation of the Holy Spirit in our lives! (Luke 11:13) Give us a double portion dear God and teach us to do better work from now on!

Post Script: For those who desire to read the entire prayer from the book Ministry of Healing, here it is below with the reference:

Our daily prayer should be, “Lord, help me to do my best. Teach me how to do better work. Give me energy and cheerfulness. Help me to bring into my service the loving ministry of the Saviour.” {MH 474.2}

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