God created each one of us as a masterpiece for his glory. Is your life as a whole glorifying God? Many of us separate life into different areas like spiritual, family, friends, work, social etc., We understand that we are called to glorify God in these areas but we also take it optional in some areas. Lets talk about work in this post. We spend most of our time everyday in work and it is a major part in our life. What is your view of work? How does that view fit into living your whole life for God’s glory?
Some of us consider work as only a means to earn a living or on the other extreme we make it is as our first priority in life or some people don’t even care about work. Think about this, we spend a majority of time in work. If we consider work is only to earn a living and not a means to honor God, we cannot have fulfillment that we glorify God in all aspects of life. If we consider work as the first priority and the identity for our life, everything else gets less significance. We may be trying to live other areas to glorify God, but can it be complete without this significant part of life? Many of us struggle with these different views by making work as secular and nothing to do with God.
If we are a follower of Christ, Christ is the cornerstone and makes his dwelling in all aspects of our life. We need to align our life towards him. What ever role we have in live, Christ needs to be the foundation upon which we can build our life. In previous posts, we saw how this realization affects our spiritual and family life. But this affects our work as well. Yes, work is a means to earn a living and also requires significant attention; but it is much more when we consider work in reverence to God. Work becomes a means to glorify God and fulfill his will in our life as a whole.
Think of the change in perspective when you consider working for God. We will be sincere in our work. Our priority will become to please God rather acting to please people. We will be submissive to authority. Even when our work is hard and not recognized, we can be rest assured that God is the ultimate judge and he will reward us for all the good works. This will remove a lot of unwanted frustrations and stress from our life. This change in perspective also applies for employers. We need to remember who is the ultimate master and be a good stewards with the people we manage. It is a high standard, but we will have joy in knowing that we are fulfilling the will of God and God will bless our efforts in our workplace.
It is a challenge each one of us face and approach differently. Our work does matter to God. When we work insincere, rebellious to authority and not up to our capacity, we are not walking in the will of God. Do you see your work as working for God? The key is to keep our eyes on Christ and be filled with the holy spirit in all aspects of life. God enables us to work, gives knowledge and wisdom to excel in what we do. Do you think God is glorified by your work? Bible says we are God’s workmanship created for good works and he will enable us to walk in them. What ever role we are playing life, we are called to walk in his good works. Our work life is part of those good works which can magnify God when we work as to the Lord.
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. – Ephesians 6:5-9