From My Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 -NIV

Workin’ for a Livin’

Oh the drudgery of the work-a-day world! I have heard this comment and many similar ones. Many view working as a necessary evil for survival.
When I have found myself taking this train of thought I try to remind myself the most difficult and seemingly dead-end job can be filled with purpose and significance. How? Think about it; who are you really working for? For a thankless boss? For your own survival? Or are you working for something/Someone much greater?
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 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.” Colossians 3:22-24NIV

Your work should take on greater significance when you realize that you are not merely working for human beings rather you are serving Christ.

On the flip side from the drudgery of work I’ve heard comments from people that lead me to believe that they place their career at the top of their priority list. Usually it begins slowly and unintentionally. Their relationship with God takes a back seat, family takes a back seat and even attention to their own health and well being ranks much lower on the list than their work.

“I must work overtime or my boss won’t think I’m committed to the job” “I need to take on this extra project or I won’t get that raise” “I can’t take time off for a family vacation….” “I need to make a living, plan for the future, provide well for my family.”

As Christians this is not a good mindset to have. We are leaving God out of our reasoning. He should be on the top of our priority list and needs to be considered in every aspect of our lives.
Jesus said “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 NIV
So how then should we approach work? Yes we need to be a good employee. God’s word clearly tells us that. But, be careful to not let work become your god.

Think about it this way, as you are working imagine that God is standing right beside you. Because He is!

He sees everything we do and knows our motives behind those actions. If we work with integrity as unto the Lord it brings glory to Him. God doesn’t care what status our job holds. No matter whether you consider your work “the drudgery of the work-a-day world” or you are climbing the corporate ladder. Work as unto the Lord in everything you do.
Live you life with God as your priority and all the rest will fall into place. It may not seem like it some days but trust Him. He has ways are the best.

Once again I’ll quote one of my favorite passages of scripture……………
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6-NIV


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