Note: “Church work” is my translation of the Portuguese phrase, trabalhos da igreja, literally, “works of the church.” The devotional addresses a potential problem in what Brazilians see as church work.

“Church work” sounds like a good phrase, but too many people use it — men, almost always — for what happens on the podium or at the front of the assembled saints on Sundays.

Men (and, I suppose, women, now that progressive doctrine has invaded many congregations) complain that they aren’t being included in the works of the church.

What that translates to is that they want to appear before the congregation more than they are now appearing.

Here’s the catch: “Works” is never, that I can recall, used for what someone does in the assembly. And “church work” is not a phrase that occurs in the New Testament. The closest we get to it is Revelation 3:1 and it certainly doesn’t mean what so many today mean by it.

“Church work” is what happens on the street, in your business, during the week, at the rest home, in the hospital.

Church work is the preaching of the gospel (see, for example, Acts 14:26; 15:38; 1 Corinthians 9:1), not just from a pulpit or podium, but in living rooms and board rooms. Church work is serving one’s neighbor over the back fence or across the street from where we live.

With that definition, nobody keeps anybody from doing church work. And there is always more than enough work to go around.

“Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else.”
Galatians 6:4 NET

Father, show me my work to be done from day to day, so that Christ may be preached and your name glorified. May I work with humility, with no desire for recognition. Amen.

Hold this thought: My work for God is here and now.

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