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God and your work

January 22, 2019

Have you noticed that people generally complain about their work? Too much to get done. Not enough pay. Meaningless tasks. Difficult co-workers. Long hours. Little recognition. Dreaming of a better job. Dreaming of vacation. Dreaming of retirement. Working for the weekend.

If nothing else, that’s evidence of a deeper issue: we are generally discontent due to our own selfishness. We like to complain when we don’t get what we want…even if we’ve passed the terrible two’s a few decades ago.

But does it matter? Is God interested in the drudgery of your work? Can God use your monotonous, meaningless, meager-paying, and motivation-draining job for His glory?

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!  (Psalm 90:17)

Yes. There is a connection between God and our work. That doesn’t mean we won’t have long, hard days in a miserable working environment. But what it does mean is that we can dignify work as redeemed people by remembering that God is in it.

God is concerned about your job and how you do it. God has given you the ability to do what you do. God gives you the strength to accomplish it. God has placed you there at this time for some reason. God has given you skills which set you apart from the animals. And there are more.

We can elevate the value of work by remembering who God is and how He is seen in the work that we do.

So, maybe the next time someone asks you about your work, you could talk about how you’ve seen God in your work.

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