It is definitely a way of life for most of us. We are so used to working that we can do it in our sleep. Many struggle with the task of work and even dread it at times. I hope to shine a little different light in this post on that thing we call work.
I don’t know who first said it, but the saying is that the letters in the word B-I-B-L-E stand for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”
Cute, I know, but when you really think about it, the Bible does give you everything that pertains to life and Godliness. All of our problems can actually be solved by this book.
So for the case of how we work, I think we need a change in mindset — the Bible is really good for this. Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote about working his epistle to the church at Colossae.
“23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Now would that fact that you are not working for your company, nor your supervisor, but you are working for the Lord change anyone’s mindset? Too often because we can see things in the physical, they appear larger than God.
If we really believed that the opportunity to work was truly an opportunity that God gave us and it wasn’t based on our merit, or something we settled for, or just the job we got stuck with, could that make a difference?
Sure it could!
If God strategically placed me in the job I have for the purpose of working out His will, would I then be working for a crappy boss or the savior of the world?
The question would be asked, “What would God want me working here for?” To that I say God always wants His light shining in a dark place. If we truly belong to Him, then we are to reflect His light where ever we are. That means that:
- Some people will experience unconditional love because they are in the presence of His light.
- Some people will see kindness in a totally different circumstance because they are in the presence of His light.
- Still others will see God because they are in the presence of His light.
God has a plan. And He uses whomever He chooses to workout His plan. So the next time that you feel down and out about the attitudes and the pressures of your job, remember the larger plan. See the bigger picture and smile … because you are working for the Lord!