Whatever training I have had for this job, whatever knowledge I have acquired, whatever skills I may have — for these hours, they belong to the Banner.
And I desire to do my assigned work to the best of my ability that “I won’t be ashamed” to add my byline. Not only is my reputation on the line, so is that of the newspaper I work for, also. So when I walk through the door into the newsroom, my presence says, “I am here ... to serve you.” I’m committed.
Are we that faithful to God? When I read the Scripture (Exodus 34:2 KJV) concerning Moses meeting God on Mount Sinai, I felt a joyful note in my spirit and tears came to my eyes. How delightful! “And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.” Have you thought of that directive to Moses as an invitation from God for a personal conversation?
God invites us to a personal conversation with Him. He says, “Be ready in the morning ... present yourself to me ...” I hope you can experience the joy as I feel writing this. Isn’t it a wonderful privilege to have an appointment with the Lord in the morning — to present yourself for His service — “What would you have me to do today?”
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV): “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Paul says to Timothy, contemplate or ponder how you can present to God your very best as you diligently and correctly handle the Word of Truth so that you have nothing to be ashamed of, having His approval. Be committed.
And he tells the Romans this is “your reasonable service” — “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). God does not require more of us than we are able to do or give. But what we give to Him must be given willingly in holiness and reverence to be acceptable.
The Psalmist knew the “morning” was a special time with the Lord, as well as every night.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:” he writes in Psalm 92:1-2, “To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.”
Can there be no better way to start the day with “I am here ...” and end it with “thank you for your faithfulness.” A speaker in a revival service said, “Every morning, before you talk to anyone, speak to God first.”
Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Don’t be surprised that the day goes better when you meet Him in the morning. “Lord, I am here ...”