by Jeff Willis
Two weeks ago, as we continued this series we're calling "Following Jesus at Work & School," Erin wrote: “If humans were made by God to work, then work can be worship. Joy can be found in a job. God can be glorified in a backyard garden, an office cubicle, a delivery truck, or a warehouse floor." I want to take this thought a bit further.
Colossians 3:23-24 says,
“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.”
This has been one of my life verses. I have done many things in my 45 years of living and held various jobs. Some were better and more enjoyable than others. (And some jobs were really difficult to get out the door to head to work!) God placed a call on my life to vocational ministry and I have never felt more joy, contentment, and peace than when I am doing what God has called me to and equipped me to do.
However, for the first time, I now work bi-vocationally so I can support my family financially while serving the church. In my "secular" job, it may not be that God “called me” to that place... or did He? As I have tried to live out my faith as a reflection of God’s light in my life to my co-workers, I have seen many things and had a few conversations that have shown evidence that God is using me to make a difference where I am. Seeds are planted and God will never let His Word or work return void.
Every day, I remind myself of this verse in Colossians and to Whom I belong. God has resourced me with an ability to be analytical, detailed, organized, and able to relate to people on a professional and personal level. I present to executive level clients on a weekly basis and am always striving to go above and beyond in even the smallest of things. When I give my best, even if things are difficult and not much fun, God brings about peace and fulfillment in all of it.
James 4:14 says that life is like a vapor (or mist). It appears for a little while and then vanishes. I want my life to count for something greater than just getting by and doing day by day. I want to leave a legacy and make an impact wherever I am.
When we as Jesus-followers go about our business life in a way that is pleasing to the Father, as if we were working directly for him, he is exalted. At the same time, others will notice and the world will be stirred to want some of what we have.
I pray you will join me and strive to be a better us. Work hard. Be respectful and courteous. Do everything with an aim at excellence. God deserves our best and has strategically placed you right where you are to have an influence on all who see and hear.
And yes, it’s true, God has created you for a purpose. Part of that purpose is to glorify Him through the talents and gifts He has given you to work a job well – whatever and wherever that may be.
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