Keep Up the Good Work

August 20, 2022

“So keep the command—the statutes and ordinances—that I am giving you to follow today.”

Deuteronomy 7:11

A Job Well Done

How highly do words of affirmation rank on your love language results? For many of us, receiving praise and recognition is a game-changer. To have the good in us called out raises our spirits and helps remind us why we do what we do. We long to be told, “Keep up the good work!” as simple as it sounds.

Whether it’s in our careers, relationships, or in our faith journeys, each of us desires to fulfill and live out our callings well. This is as true for us as it will be for the next generation, especially the younger disciples in our midst. So, how can we reflect God’s love and worthiness to those within our households? Deuteronomy 7:11 reveals how.

What is Our Role?

Parenting is one of the hardest responsibilities in the world. And in the church, this extends to our spiritual mothers and fathers as well! As parents, God calls us to heed Christ’s example of obedience and to impart a love for His Word to those who come after us, but it’s so much easier said than done.

If there’s one thing we all know about obedience, it’s that it’s tough. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit’s guidance and empowerment to follow His leading in our lives. Our children also need to see Him at work within us. It’s through the Spirit’s power and the example of our own obedience that we model discipleship to the next generation. When we see good fruit in the lives of those around us, we’re meant to call it out that they may keep up the good work of the gospel. All of us need our community to walk alongside us and encourage us in love.

Keep It Up

The older we get, the more humility we take on as we realize the graciousness of God and our need for His mercy. Raising children helps us to see and experience God’s love so clearly. It’s through our own earthly love that we catch a glimpse of the Father’s eternal love. In this, we also realize how deeply we need Him in every season of our lives.

Our legacy in the faith didn’t begin with us and it won’t end with us. By God’s grace, we will continue to make disciples and fulfill our calling as His witnesses unto the earth (Acts 1:8). We need God’s help to love Him and our families well. We desire to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. . . Share your master’s joy.” So, too, may we never fall short of extending our encouragement to the younger disciples in our midst.

Keeping His command to make disciples is keeping up the good work of the gospel.

Now What?

In what ways do you see encouragement and empowerment at work within your own life? Where can you pinpoint the Holy Spirit at work in your life as you trust and obey His leading? Reflect on the role community plays as you encourage and are encouraged by fellow believers in the church.

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