Seeing God at Your Work
January 4, 2013
Many people will spend more than half of their waking hours at their job. We invest a lot of our life, and personal character, in our jobs. Do you ever ask these kinds of questions: “As a Christian, how am I to approach my work? Does my job matter to God? How can I live as a Christian in the marketplace and allow my faith make a difference in my work, and in the lives I am around everyday?
The apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” That gives us some meat to chew on when we think of our daily responsibilities at work, and the arena where God has placed us. What does it mean to do our work “as for the Lord”? How should that shape our attitudes, our energy, and our motivations? Do you see God at your work? Do you feel “you are serving Him” as you go to work? I believe this can bring a great sense of purpose and satisfaction to our job knowing that we are bringing a spirit of excellence to our work.
Bill Kraftson says, “If all our work can be done to the glory of God, then it is all spiritually significant, and we can cultivate a sense of fulfillment about our work by pursuing excellence.”
This means that no matter what you do–working at a fitness club, banking, computer operator, school teacher, plumber, farmer, mechanic, office work, etc–this job can be part of God’s plan for your life. The time we spend on our job is not lost time. When we go to work, we can see our job as the place where God is helping us mature as persons, and learning how to serve others.
I thank God for the challenge today to do my work wholeheartedly, not just for men, but for my Savior!
I don’t know what kind of work you find yourself involved in right now, but I challenge you to do your work as unto God, and let Him be at work building and developing you into the person He wants you to be.
“…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God!” 1 Corinthians 10:31