Working for God


Whatever our calling in life, the Bible makes plain that we are "working for the Lord, not men."

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. (Colossians 3:23-24)

It’s not unusual in Christian circles to hear people speaking about "full-time work." What they mean, of course, is "working for the church." But in fact this is a tremendously unhelpful way of speaking, for all of us are full-time workers for God. As William Tyndale put it, "There is no work better than another to please God; to pour water, to wash dishes, to be a cobbler, or an apostle, all is one; to wash dishes or to preach is all one as touching the deed, to please God."

Whatever our calling in life, the Bible makes plain that we are "working for the Lord, not men." This means we should give our work our very best, and not see it as a nuisance, or as a hindrance to "the real work" at church. In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about how we should work. First, it tells us that God wants us to work hard, just like Christ Himself did. Second, He wants us to work with integrity, for integrity and honesty make a tremendous impact in the workplace. Third, God wants us to work with sincerity, for the key issue is never what work we do, but how we do it. Last, but by no means least, God wants us to work with a servant attitude, for this is what Christ Himself modeled to us throughout His life. All of us can adopt a servant attitude, whether we are the Chief Executive who sits in the office or the cleaner who comes in later to tidy it up. None of us ever gets beyond being a servant!

Working in these ways recognizes that we are working for God, and not for people or for ourselves. And it’s when we work like this, that we enjoy our work and receive God’s blessing. So if you’ve been feeling weary in your work, ask God to help you to see it with this new perspective, and claim His promised blessing on your work today.

We were meant to enjoy our work, and that’s the best thing we can do. (Ecclesiastes 3:22, CEV)

 © Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont

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