Several years back, on a Labor Day Sunday, I heard a pastor give a message on work. Labor Day announces the end of the summer season when we enjoy family vacations, cookouts, and other fun outdoor activities. It also marks the beginning of students and teachers heading back to school, and everyone getting back into a regular routine. I must admit that, although I enjoyed being an educator, I wasn’t all that excited about returning to the classroom myself at the end of summer vacation! However, when the pastor started out by saying that “work is a gift from God,” I was all ears! This message made an impact on my heart, and gave me a different perspective about my attitude toward work in general. He spoke about:
Viewing The Lord As Your Boss
In John 5:17 Jesus said, “My Father is always at work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
Our Heavenly Father is a worker. We see His handiwork in all Creation. We saw how He brought forth all of creation and stood back and made the appraisal that it was good. So if work is good enough for God, shouldn’t we have the same attitude? Maybe we won’t get a feeling of fulfillment or a “pat on the back” from our boss, but we need to do the job the Lord has given us out of respect for Him. We can reflect His image when and in what way we work.
Viewing Your Work As A Ministry
In Colossians 3:23 Paul says, ”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
This pastor advised that, “since we’re all ministers, we need to make our job a sacred calling. Your workplace is your mission field.” Wow! What an awesome opportunity! We need to be diligent and intentional in our work knowing God has placed us there to work out His purposes! What a privilege it is to labor for and with Him!
Viewing Your Work From The Proper Perspective
Ecclesiastes 3:13, “… find satisfaction in his toil – this is the gift of God.”
Satisfaction doesn’t come from work alone. It comes back to our attitude toward work whatever our job is. We can enjoy our work when we realize the fruit of our labor is a gift from God.
A Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us work to do. May we be lights that shine for You in our workplaces so that You may be glorified.
In Joyful Surrender,
(Quotes from God’s-Eye View of Your Work, Pastor Don Christianson, September 1995)