Remove Your Hands From Your Pockets

The Promised Land was under Israelite control and the whole congregation assembled together at Shiloh. The first permanent tabernacle was being constructed, an indication that God had broken into a sinful world and was taking up residence. Yet, according to scripture, there remained seven tribes who had not asked for, nor received their inheritance, i.e. their portion of land in the Promised Land.  In Joshua 18:3, Joshua challenged these tribes saying, “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has promised you?”  Rightfully so, Joshua expected the people to show some initiative…to ask for their portion of what God had already given.  Instead, they stood around with their “hands in their pockets” and neglected what God had promised them…all they had to do was receive it.

A similar situation can be said to exist regarding the many blessings God makes available to believers. The Bible says that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3). God has given all workplace believers a reclamation project (to reclaim our workplaces for His Glory) coupled with His many spiritual blessings to boot. Yet, many of us stand around with our “hands in our pockets” neglecting to claim what is available to us when all we have to do is ask. That’s right! We just need to ask for and claim His wisdom (James 1:5), His divine power (I Peter 1:3), His presence (Matthew 1:23), His love and His grace (Acts 4:33). Jesus said, ask and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7).  But we shouldn’t stop there. We must be willing to share these blessings with others.   

Our workplace challenge is to get busy…move in and possess the land He has already given to us. The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10)…yes, God wants to re-claim your workplace for his Glory. Ask for and claim the blessings of His presence, wisdom, power, love and grace so that you can make a difference where you work. Be the conduit to share these blessings with others right there…at work.  Give as freely as you have received (Matthew 10:8). He has blessed us so that we might be a blessing to others…for His Glory!