Here are the main points:
- Work should be done with GRATITUDE. (Ecclesiastes 5:18b-19) Wealth is what is accumulated, not a measure of who we are. This has been God's intent from the beginning. Your attitude affects your "fragrance." (2 Corinthians 2:14)
- Work should be done with DILIGENCE. (Proverbs 10:4; 12:24; 22:29a) Work hard, work smart & work healthy. (Proverbs 6:6-9) Remember these points about ants: 1) initiative; 2) planning-are you proactive or reactive?; 3) timing; 4) persistence; and 5) longevity-how long before you wear out?
- Work should be done with EXCELLENCE. (Ephesians 6:5-6, where slaves = employees, masters = employers) Work with motivation to be faithful and having integrity. Be an honest worker. Follow the "2nd Mile Principle" (Matthew 5:40-41, 44, 46).
- Work should be done as MINISTRY. (Colossians 3:17) Your occupation is WHAT you do. Your job is WHERE you do it. Your vocation is WHY you do it (as a minister of Christ). We all have different ways to operate, but the same function: to be ministers of Christ.
The evening ended with a song written by our worship minister, though he was not there. Tears found their way streaming down my cheeks because its message matches how I feel about my life.
I'm Yours by Kevin Ross
You, O Lord created me and passioned me
You, o Lord have blessed me with ability
So what else can I do
But give myself to you
And let my life display your woner
Everything I am is according to Your plan
I'm created to praise You
Everything I have is Yours
I wanna live my life for Your glory
I'm giving You my life, my dreams
Everything I hope to be
Is under Your authority
There's nowhere else I want to be, I'm Yours
You, O Lord laid down your life as a sacrifice
You, O Lord have rescued me and set me free