Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
What were you created to do? What do you love to do? Work should be a joyful expression of who one is, a purposeful honing of one’s gifts and abilities, refined daily by hours of practice. In the best cases, there is an exchange of value, usually currency which enables self-sustainment.
However, we live in a society where there are many needs to be met, and many people get “pigeonholed” into a job that merely meets the need to ‘make a living’, rather than ‘making a life’. Too many people work from a place of necessity and spend their precious days doing something they don’t love, and sometimes don’t even like. There are many factors about our work that are out of our control, such as who we work with and who our customer base is, but one thing we all have in common is our Great Equalizer…God!
What if we adopted the mindset that each of us is created in an intricate and beautiful way, with unique abilities and temperaments, designed to be an expression of God’s character and handiwork? If you knew God delighted in the work of your hands and your mind, and your purpose was to share this work with others, would this make a difference in how you went about your day?
Each of us works, paid or unpaid, and has the opportunity to use whatever God gives us to be a blessing back to Him. Wherever we find ourselves, whether it be at home with young children, in the classroom, the boardroom, in retail or design, this is the mission field God has given us to love and serve other people.
In the parable of the three talents, each is entrusted and challenged to steward and multiply resources. We too, as individuals would do well to realize that we are the resources God has created to shine brightness into a dark world.
We are fallible in our own strength because we are complex and emotional beings. We don’t always understand each other. In fact, our human nature positions us to be selfish, manipulative, prone to misunderstand and, inevitably, hurt one another. This is especially why I am so relieved and refreshed in knowing, as God tells us, to work with everything we are for Him!
Let everything we do be a love offering to the One who created us, and by His standards alone let’s evaluate our work and be purposeful to please Him.