Our work can only be a change if…
Our work can only be a calling if God calls us to it and we work for his sake and not our own.
Jordan Raynor, Called to Create
I’m sure you’ve wondered, “why am I here?” In the story of creation we read that God blessed the people He had made and said to them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28, KJV). The Message says it more precisely, “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Take charge!” Each of these commands is accomplished through every believer every day as they intentionally allow Christ to guide them in all the activities of life, or in other words, as they go about their work.
The men and women we read of in the Bible who loved and served God worked in various occupations—carpenters, fishermen, tentmakers, soldiers, seamstresses, stonemasons, shepherds, farmers, doctors, government officials, and more. In fact, there are 5433 occupations mentioned in the Bible. Their work was not always religious but through their occupations they provided for their families, honored God’s commands, served their communities and nations, gave of their finances to support ministry efforts, and worked with God to see His kingdom established and his purposes accomplished.
God’s call to work comes out of His desire to bring us alongside Him in fulfilling all He has purposed. Consider the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem under the direction of Nehemiah. The enemies of God’s people had broken down the walls of the city. Without the walls there was no protection from lawless gangs or wild animals of the desert. It was God’s desire that the walls be rebuilt so that the people could live in safety. How would this be accomplished? Nehemiah reported to the people on the condition of the walls and how God had sent him to encourage them in rebuilding the walls. The people responded, “’Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work” (Nehemiah 2:18,NIV). Even though the work was difficult and dangerous, everyone participated. Soon the walls were rebuilt, and the people experienced the peace and safety God had purposed for them.
God values all good work. It really isn’t the kind of work that we do that matters most to God. It is why and how we do the work that we do. Dallas Willard reminds us, “But regardless of our specific work, the real challenge to every person’s faith is that we do everything to the glory of God, even in the smallest actions of our day.” Through work God gives us an opportunity to honor Him and reflect His character to those around us. Therefore, all work becomes sacred.
If all work is sacred, then God cares about our work. Take some time to reflect on these truths—
• We are here on the earth to make a difference through the work that we do.
• Through even the smallest activities of our day we can honor God and reflect God’s character to others.
Think of your work—your responsibilities at home, on the job, in your community, with extended family and friends, in the ministries of your local church. Look at your work through God’s eyes. He values you and desires that your work bring fulfillment to you and blessing to those around you. How will God’s perspective of your work impact your attitudes and actions today? How can you be more reliant on God as you work?
The thoughts in today’s Motivational Word are taken from the online course, YES! Responding to God’s Call. The course is developed by Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries and will be available online in early 2020. For more information go to https://lddcogop.org/
Author: Kathryn H. Creasy: Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship
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