This weeks meditation:  “Work”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  Colossians 3:23-24

How do you view your work?  Your Job?  For many people a job is seen primarily as a way to make income and pay the bills, etc..  But Paul claims it is much more than that in these verses.  He says that we do not work for companies or bosses, we work for the Lord.  This can be a transformational way to think about your work and the purpose that God has called you to in life.

Del Tackett (the leader of The Truth Project through Focus on the Family) has a blog in which he shares many wonderful insights on Biblican truth and faith.  This week a member of our church emailed me his thoughts about this subject of work.  In his blog he shared a conversation he had with a friends of his.

His friend (David Simpich) asked, “If I were a Christian baker, would I have to put a cross on every cupcake to make my work pleasing to God?” Del said, “He then realized that it was what he put “into” the cupcakes that made them pleasing to God, not what he stuck on the top. It was “how” he did his work and “why” he did his work that fulfilled his purpose before his Creator.”

I truly believe that God wants us to do the work he has placed us to do and “work at it with all our heart.”  We don’t have to make our work spiritual, it is spiritual just in the fact that it is what God has given you to do.  Part of our testimony can be in the attitude and the nature in which we work.

I realize there are many people in our country who are out of work right now.  Some may be saying, “I just want to have a job,” or “I need a job.”  Maybe this is a season of re-evaluating where God wants to use you.  Maybe the next work opportunity will be a place that he is especially preparing for you.  I hope it comes soon, but I hope all of us will remember who it is we are serving.

It is not the god of consumerism, materialism, or worldly values, it is the God who created us and has called us to serve Him in the many different places of the world His servants work.  I love the way Del Tackett ended his blog.  He wrote….

“God has made each of us for a particular and unique purpose. He has gifted us with His talents. And whatever His calling is, whether it is to make shoes, to farm, to nurse, or to preach, we are to do it to His glory, with joy and excellence and righteousness. This is pleasing to God. You don’t have to somehow put a cross “sticker’ on your potatoes to make your farming acceptable.  He is pleased with the child who carries out the task for which he has been made.”

Make it personal:  Whether you work at home, at a workplace, or anywhere else, I hope you will take Paul’s words to heart.  It is sometimes easy to dislike a particular job, but perhaps it transforms our minds to think of it as a way to serve God.  Remember, you are working for the Lord, and if you have that attitude you will, “receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling
Arthur Mennonite Church