I shared this story a year ago and for some reason it fits again today.
“There were two mechanics working on the tracks of the railroad, one was young and the other an older gentleman. One day, as the train came into the station, an older gentleman got off and shouted down to the older mechanic, “Hey Bob.” Bob, shouted back, “Hey Frank.” The younger mechanic was blown away and asked, “Do you know who that was? That’s the president of the railroad. How do you know him?” Bob says, “We started together at the railroad some 30 years ago.” The younger mechanic looking confused asks “If you both started together, why is he the president of the company and you’re still a mechanic.” Bob replied, “Because I started working for $3.13 an hour and Frank started working for the railroad.””
– The moral of the story is … You have to be mindful of what you’re working for!
Many times we get caught up in working for the benefits that we miss the blessing. I don’t mean blessings as in open doors, receiving that which you’ve asked for and such but I mean the blessing and the anointing of God. I mean the filling you up with the Holy Spirit so much so that you don’t even look nor sound the same. Beloved, don’t you know that when God places His hands on us to bless us; there isn’t an enemy, man or woman who can take it away? Don’t you know that when we get the blessing of God, things start to move in our favor? Don’t you know that when we get God’s blessing, folk see us differently? It’s not because of what we’re doing but it’s because God has now laid His hand upon us and blessed our life. Why do you think everywhere you walk is good? Why do you think every time you open your mouth, God can be heard? Why do you think every place you step is left with God’s presence? It’s not because of you but it’s because of the God in you. And you probably didn’t even recognize when the change happened. But I can tell you when it did. It was when you stopped playing with this thang! It was when you got up from laying out on the altar and told God, I’m ready. It was when you finally stopped running. It was when you allowed God to show up in your bedroom on that Wednesday night and blow your mind. It was that Thursday in your car when something took over you and you couldn’t stop crying. It was that Sunday, you started walking down the aisle of the church and surrendered. It was then you received the blessing of God. It was then you stopped working for the money and started working for God’s mercy. It was then you stopped working for the accolades and started working through the anointing. It was then you stopped working for the acceptance of men and starting working to be accepted by The Man.
Baby, it is when you stop working for the benefits of God and start working for the blessing of God that’ll you see your entire life change. You’ll start getting invitations from folk you didn’t even know, knew you. You’ll start reaping from harvests you didn’t even have to labor and plant. You’ll start going places you’ve only seen on TV. Folk that use to talk about you will now be the ones to bless you. And it’ll only happen when you stop working for the benefits and start working for the blessing. And get this… when you do, you’ll get God’s blessing AND His benefits. This is why the bible says in Colossians 3:23-24 “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.”