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An Invitation to Re-Calibrate

By Lydia Camp

As the sleep slowly faded off my mind, like fog dissipating in the morning sun, the words echoed in my head:

“It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s how you do it and who you do it for.”

Something I have been learning over the years, is that God speaks in the waking as well as the night hours. We are to listen and steward what He says. And as always, we test what we “hear” with the Spirit and the Word of God.

So, in my half-awake state, I jotted down the words in my notes. As I wrote them, the words resonated as a “now” word from the Lord: something to unpack with Jesus that has relevance right now in my life. They were reminiscent of over 2 decades ago, when I first started walking with Jesus. My pastors and mentors at that time ingrained certain foundational truths into my heart. This was one of them:

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 NLT

They exemplified this principle and explained it this way to my young college mind: whatever I do – whether mopping my floor, doing dishes, raising kids, studying for class, working at a fast-food restaurant – do it as if Jesus was my boss and with me every moment of that job.

They were teaching me to love God and love others. This also translated into honor, integrity, and good work ethic.

I believe 2020 was a time when this principle was challenged in my life. Not just in my life, but I have a feeling in the lives of Christians the world over. Many of us had an unusual amount of time to “ourselves” or at home this last year. For many, work and life were redefined. We got quickly acquainted with Zoom, working from home, navigating kids’ schooling from home, take-out, and sour dough bread. Or perhaps it was the loss of a job, or maybe loss of health, or losing a loved one…we all went through difficult changes and adjustments that were not necessarily expected. Yet we somehow made it through. It might have been with the help of counseling or watching exorbitant amounts of Prime or Netflix…however we dealt with it, here we are half-way through 2021.

“The race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong” Ecclesiastes 9:11

“…the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:24 to “run in such a way as to win the prize”. That does not mean we will be the fastest runner compared to others. As a matter of fact, we are told in Galatians 6:4-5, “Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of.  You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.”

So, it isn’t really about speed, but the state of the heart, and the stewardship of what God has given us.  We give our ALL to the race. We do our BEST. Not getting distracted or off course. We find our pace, fix our eyes on the prize, and run to WIN.

You know what? We are all still in the race.

I don’t know about you, but parts of me need this reminder.

2020 felt like a detour through some enchanted forest. With it came distractions, temptations to “time-fill”, and unintentionally slipping into some non-life-giving habits. Or maybe that was just me.

“It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s how you do it and who you do it for.”

These words are an invitation for a re-calibration.

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1 MSG

When we do WHATEVER we do unto the Lord, it has eternal value and significance.

Jesus, we invite You to re-calibrate us. We repent from any distractions, entanglements, or time-fillers. Set our sights squarely on You. Show us what responsibilities You have placed in our hands in this season. Awaken us to be mindful that You are with us, and whatever we do, we do UNTO You. Help us run the race as to win!