Theme of the Week: Work as Divine Calling
Bible Verse: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 9: 1-17
All this week, we’ll be talking about work – something we all do. We’ll look at work as a divine calling, whether it’s a summer job or our full-time occupation. My first job was working in a lumber yard, stacking huge planks of wood in the scorching heat day after day. It was a brutal job, but it was a paycheck. It was a job my father got for me through his business connections, so it was important for me to work hard and do a good job. I didn’t want it to get back to my dad that his son was doing a lousy job. I was working for a paycheque, but I was also working to please my father.
It’s important that we understand who we’re truly working for and who we’re supposed to please. The Apostle Paul tells us clearly in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” If we please God in what we do at work, we’ll please the boss. Our work is a manifestation of our service to the Lord Christ. Consequently, we must recognize that our earthly tasks hold significance beyond mere employment.
Throughout this week, we will delve into the concept of work as a divine calling. We’ll explore its ultimate purpose and recognize that God intended us to engage in meaningful labor. Our work is a calling, and our efforts—wherever they may occur—serve as a form of ministry. Each day presents us with opportunities to impact the lives of those around us.
Furthermore, we’ll discuss why work exists and examine the Bible’s perspective on work ethic. Developing a strong work ethic is vital, as it shapes our character and approach to tasks. We will also address the topic of work-life balance. I struggled with this before I was saved and found my identity wrapped up in my work. However, we must remember that our true identity is rooted in Him, not our daily tasks.
We’ll also talk about finding joy in our work. Despite its challenges and frustrations, work can bring fulfillment and contentment. We spend so much time working, we should enjoy what we do but statistics show that many people don’t enjoy their work.
Work is something we all have to do and is much more than just a paycheque. When we see our work as a divine calling and a daily opportunity for ministry it completely changes our perspective and our enjoyment in the work we do.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to view work as part of my worship to You, and to live out a life devoted to worshiping You well with my labour.
Reflection: When you think about your daily work, how might you use it to glorify God?
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