How many of us go to bed dreading to hear the alarm clock for work Monday morning? I can attest to it, and I know that there are many who feel the same way about their jobs as well. The problem comes when we become experts in complaining about our jobs rather than finding the good in it. Remember how excited we once were to get that offer letter? Many of us do not necessarily enjoy going to work, but God has placed work in our lives for a specific reason. I believe that if we look at work the same way how God sees it, then our perspectives would change.
First off, we must understand that God created humans to work. Before the curse of sin entered the world work was already in the picture. There has never been a time in the history of mankind when there has not been work. Studies even show that work is good for human beings. People who work usually tend to be healthier and live longer. In the book of Genesis we see the first man created, Adam, was commanded by God to work the garden that he gave to him, and in Genesis 2:5 it says “5Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground.” So we can see in this text that God has provided the sufficient amount of provision, but it was now the man’s job to work it so that he can see the fruit (result). Work is important to God; matter fact, God himself is a worker and we are to image him. A person who refuses to work at all is probably someone who is depressed, emotionally and spiritually down. We were not made to sit around and watch TV all day. We were made to cultivate, to rule and to have dominion over the Earth that God has given to mankind that was made in his image. God has given us creativity, dreams and imagination for a reason. These were given to humans so that we would make much of God in all of our work .
But someone may be saying “I understand what you are saying, but I hate my job.” Well I am glad you asked, and here is some encouragement that the Bible has for a believer who may not understand the importance of work. Here are some points:
Your job is a resource but not the Source– One thing that believers in God ought to keep in mind is that their jobs are just a resource that God uses; it is not the Source. Jesus uses this perfect illustration with the birds. They don’t go around stressing out about not having enough provision because they know the Source (God) has a worm for them somewhere. It is the same for us. If God has enough resources for the birds, then how much more would he have for humans who are made in his own image. We do not need to stress because we know the Source has a resource for us somewhere. If you lose your job, it is going to be ok. It may be a season of lack, but there is still plenty in Daddy’s house (Psalm 37:19). Do not panic because the Source has another resource for you somewhere if you just put your trust in him. –
– 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?- Matthew 6:26
Your job is there to help cultivate the Earth– If you are working in an illegal or some type immoral job then of course this does not apply for you. But your job is in someway or fashion cultivating the Earth. Your job has a service to give to operate the Earth that God has given to man. Think how this world would operate if we did not have doctors, teachers, bankers, social workers, etc. It may not seem like it, but your position has a benefit to the Earth. – So the Lord God took the man [He had made] and settled him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. – Genesis 2:15
Your job is there for Christ to prune you– Work is called work for a reason. There are days when it can be hard, but that is when we began to depend on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is there to strengthen our skills in all walks of life. King David knew this when he was on the battlefield fighting for Israel (Psalm 144:1). If you will allow him, The Holy Spirit will be there to help you stand out at your occupation. This leads to my next point… —
He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. John 15:2
Your job is there to be your ministry– God’s people are called to be witnesses for Christ. We witness by not only telling people about Jesus but the lifestyle that we live. That lifestyle includes the way we work. Trust me your work ethic will catch people’s attention. It is human nature to complain and gossip at a job, but if Christians work hard with the Sprit’s help, people will begin to notice and wonder what it is about you that is so different. It opens the door for opportunities to tell someone about Jesus.
Your job is there to develop you for your purpose– This is for the people who may be currently uncomfortable with the current positions they are in: God has something better for you, and it comes lined up with a purpose. But for this season, God may have you in this difficult job to develop your skills and dependability on him. There are many examples of this in the Bible. Do you think David was excited about being a little shepherd boy everyday? I do not think he was, but I am sure he worked faithfully and hard at his job. You can see him reflecting on the days as a shepherd boy in Psalms 23. His faith was confident that God had something better for him with a purpose. I am guessing that Jesus had many hard during his time as his carpenter. I am pretty sure he had to deal with difficult people, but I am also sure it developed him on how to deal with people and how to develop dependability on his Father everyday. Our problem is when we continually complain about the position that we are already in. It is why many of the Israelites were not able to enter the promise land, their mouth and actions kept them from moving forward, and the same principle still applies to us today. Sometimes our mouth and actions keeps us from where we need to go.
For a person who does not believe in God, I would hope that this post would encourage you to accept Jesus into your life, but not allowing Jesus into your work life only leaves it up to yourself. Many people today are burdened with their work today because it is all dependent upon them. It is the world’s viewpoint on work, it wants you to work to the point where you are stressed out. Work is hard and stressful, but the burden bearer, Jesus Christ, says “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If you are working for Jesus and you tithe, which is another subject , your work is not in vain and you are setting yourself up for blessings. It is all done for a purpose. Christians are in the Sabbath, we work hard on our jobs and rest and believe that God will bless. It is not wrong to ask Him everyday to bless the work of our hands everyday so that we would be good representatives of him.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the LORD as a reward. It is the LORD Christ you are serving.”