Colossians 3:22 - 24
Jesus as we take an extra day off of work for Labor Day, we need to remember that our work matters to God.
The average American worker today works 50 or more hours each week. They do so to survive and provide for their families. Sadly, most are dissatisfied and unhappy with their job. They do not enjoy what they are doing. What can they do to make their jobs enjoyable? The first thing is that we need to realize that our work really does matter to God.
God sent us the example for working by sending us a Savior who knew what it meant to work with His hands. Jesus was a carpenter and knew the constant demands of labor. Jesus came down from Heaven to live with men who work.
Our work does matter to God, and He understands the pressures that we often face on our jobs.
There are three things that will free us to enjoy our work (our jobs):
Realize that our work matters to God.
Realize that we must keep our priorities straight and keep God first.
Remember that our job is not our vocation. Our vocation is to share Jesus with the world.
Your jobs are a great place to do just that. You ask, “How can I do that?” Verse 23 tells us, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
In other words take joy in the work you do as if you were doing it for the Lord.
That alone is a great way to be a witness for the Lord. Look at your job as a witnessing tool instead of a chore.
Ask the Lord to use your job as a tool for building the Kingdom of God.
May God bless you all,
(Mike Whitten is pastor of Way of the Cross Church of the Nazarene Calhoun City.)