Happy Saturday friends!
I’m on the tail end of my week long spring break (I’m a teacher) and wow can I say, that was MUCH needed.
I spent time with people I haven’t seen in too long, crossed many things off my to-do list, deep cleaned our entire home from top to bottom, and even got my hair cut and colored (which I hadn’t done in 13 months!).
I’m feeling refreshed and ready as I’ll ever be to get back to work. And that leads me into today’s blog topic: work. Not just specifically work, but flourishing in your job no matter what it may look like.
You might be a nurse, a house cleaner, a stay at home wife/homemaker, a lawyer, a counselor, a dentil hygienist, a receptionist, a teacher, the list goes on. No matter what your job is, you may LOVE it, or you may feel like it’s unfulfilling, not your “dream job”, more like something you have to do to pay the bills.
Maybe you dream of having a different job, but it doesn’t pay enough. Or maybe you dream of being a stay at home mom/wife, but are afraid of what other people will think of you.
You may think you need to have a more impactful job in order to feel fulfilled and feel like you are making a difference in our world. But I’m here to tell you that you can make an impact on MANY people’s live no matter WHAT your job is.
Can I Be Fulfilled in Any Job I Work?
As a teacher, part of my job includes constantly continuing my education. Teachers never stop learning. One of the classes I’m currently taking is all about work and how we can bring glory to God no matter what our job is. It has been extremely eye opening and has changed my outlook on essentially everything I do, from cleaning the house to teaching third graders.
People, myself included before I began my class, tend to think ministry type jobs such as being a pastor or a missionary are the only jobs that truly are working for the Lord to the fullest. However, I’m going to challenge that thinking.
Everything is designed by God. Everything in the world is His. We are doing His work by governing over the world (using our resources to create and manage everything around us). I’m not saying we are to manage the people around us (unless that is our job), but rather manage the material world around us. This could look like managing your home, managing the items you sell at your job, or creating something out of the materials God gave us. By using what we’ve been given, such as materials and our gifts and talents, we can bring glory to God.
The biggest take away I’ve received from this class is that work is a GOOD THING and we are created by God to WORK. Work also comes in many different shapes and sizes, you could say. Work includes taking out the trash, cutting your husband’s hair, or teaching your child to read. ALL of these things can be done WELL and can be FULFILLING WORK when done for the glory of God.
All Work Can Be Done (And Should Be Done) For the Glory of the Lord, Who Created All Things, Including You!
When we work with this mindset, it changes everything. What if you really were, not just metaphorically speaking, doing your work for the Lord? What if Jesus was to come into your home and you were to host Him for the day? I’d bet you’d clean your home ’til it shined like the top of the empire state building (Annie reference :)) I bet you’d put a lot of thought and care into the meals you prepared for him. I bet you’d make sure he was comfortable, had something to eat or drink, and kept the conversation going instead of going off to do your own thing.
Same thing goes for if he came into your office and took your boss’s place for the day. How would your work ethic look then? Would you greet everyone with a cheery smile? Make sure to ask your co-worker who’s looking a bit down today how they’re doing in the break room? Arrive right on time and leave not a second too early? Work hard and do your best work?
The reality is, even if we can’t see Jesus at our workplace, He is still there. And we can still do our very best work for Him even if we can’t see Him. Working for the Lord brings glory and honor to Him. He created you. He created everything in this world. It brings Him great honor to see His children use the materials, gifts, and talents they were given to work hard and gracefully in His name.
The Big Idea
The big idea here is that wherever you are, whatever your “workplace” looks like, you ARE bringing glory to God and doing satisfying, fulfilling, work when you work as unto the Lord, not for yourself.
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
And Colossians 3:24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
Working for the Lord means putting God first above all else and remembering that He is already Lord of all, whether we make him that or not. Working for the Lord means putting God first, and caring about others just as much as we care about ourselves.
Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second most important command is this: Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. These two commands are the most important.”
Your Work Matters
When we remember that everything we do is an act of worship to the Lord, honoring Him with what we’ve been given, we can be fulfilled in all the work we do. Whether working within your home, working to raise your children, working in an office, a store, a classroom, a hospital, or anywhere, your work matters to the Lord.
Have a blessed day friends and remember, your work matters!
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