Sunday, December 11, 2011

God's Work Provision

Most of you know that I used to work as a salaried pastor. Then I made the "mistake" of reading passages like this: 

Acts 20:32-35, "And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

As I was in the process of resigning I knew that God would have to provide some sort of work for me to do. A few months later the Lord gave me a job with JCB. I've mentioned it a few times before but not in much detail. I work in JCB's North American headquarters near Savannah. The factory produces skid steer loaders, which are one-man vehicles designed to serve many purposes around construction sites, manufacturing plants, etc.

After working in the assembly section for about six months, I was by the grace of God recently promoted to an inspector position in the Quality department. Now I inspect the vehicles after they come off the assembly line and then run them through a small obstacle course to ensure proper functioning.

Last week I worked 65 hours. Same for the week before that. I prayed for work and the Lord very much provided. What a wonderful God we serve. If you prayed for me and my family, I thank you.

As Paul worked with his hands, I now do so with mine. It truly is "more blessed to give than receive."

I've included a video to show what the skid steer looks like. Although it is a sales video, it's still interesting. BTW - no surprise here: Larry works in the sales dept.



Tim A said...

What a blessing to be in full time ministry, doing the Lord's work, fully giving rather than receiving. What a blessing to work in the harvest field among the lost. What a blessing to serve the saints mutually in full partnership. What a blessing to be "strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus", able to "entrust" everything you say AND do "to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Every hour of those 65 worked at JCB is service to the Lord. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Col. 3:23,24 Wow! that is a POWERFUL reality. What a payoff! JCB or the union can't trump that one.

Eric said...


Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement. It has been difficult at times, but the reward of simple church life is worth it. JCB certainly is a mission field. God is always faithful to provide. What a wonderful and gracious God we serve!