“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
– Luke 6:45
There once was a man walking down the street and he happened upon a construction site. As he approached, he asked a gentleman with a rather glum countenance who was working on the project, “What are you doing here?” The man responded, “I’m building a wall. I’m a bricklayer.” From there, he proceeded down the sidewalk and crossed paths with another bricklayer working on the same site, only this one looked a little happier. Again, he asked the man, “Sir, what are you doing?” This time he responded, “I’m building a church, isn’t that lovely?” Finally, he encountered a third worker, also laying bricks and cement, and asked him once more, “Sir, what are you doing?” This time, the man looked at him, paused for a moment, and with a big smile on his face and a deep look in his eyes, he said, “I am building a house of God!”
Taken at face value, all three of these men are bricklayers who are doing the same job, on the same team. But each one has a different perspective. In essence, one has a job, one has a vocation and one has a calling. Looking at the story, we instinctively know that the person who views his work as a calling will achieve more in his life.
Friend, how you think about what you are doing today affects your tomorrows in a big way! Purpose in your heart that everything you do, whether parenting, working, studying, or ministering, has an end greater than what is obvious. Renew your mind every day in the Word of God and you will soon have a new life!
Jesus, I ask for a renewed mind, today and every day. Elevate my perspective in the power of your possibility.
Which of the three attitudes toward labor do you identify with from the story above? Which one do you want to become your reality?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.