Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Did you know God created work before the fall? It is not part of the curse. It is not how we pay our dues until we can retire and do what we want. Work done as God designed adds meaning and satisfaction to our lives. Let’s look at two ways to improve our job satisfaction.
Work with God.
God showed the first couple how to labor. He created Adam on the sixth day and introduced him to his vocation. Together, they went to work. Imagine the fun they shared as Adam dreamed up names for every type of animal and bird God brought him. “I’ll call the striped one zebra and that fellow with the funny nose a rhinoceros.”
On Adam and Eve’s second day, God rested with them. In their first two days of life, God showed them how to work and rest with Him.
God defined the new couple’s roles in Genesis 1:28 and 2:15. Talk about a lot of responsibility. The first couple managed a zoo, aquarium, farm, and botanical garden. They were also charged to rear a family.
He supplied everything the couple needed to prosper, including wisdom, strength, and sunshine. He prepared every detail for their prosperity. In fact, rest was part of His formula for success.
Sadly, humankind’s fall into sin marred this relationship and brought a curse on the earth. Obstacles fretted away the delight of productive labor. Sin created power struggles within families.
Christ came to restore our relationship with God and each other. One day, He’ll remove the curse from the earth (Romans 8:21). But even now, because of Christ, we can work and rest with God again.
Serve one master.
Herbert Bayard Swope said, “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is try to please everybody.”
Who are you working to please? Jesus said, “‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matt. 6:24 NIV).
That means we can serve God in our work no matter what our job title may be. Noah built an ark. Abraham tended sheep. Nehemiah and Daniel served in government positions. Esther was a queen, and Deborah was a judge.
When sin brought a curse on the world, Adam and Eve felt their vulnerability. Like the first couple, we feel our nakedness—exposure—in a dangerous and unpredictable world. To protect ourselves, we strive to prove our worth and provide for our families. Feeling vulnerable is one of the thorns of living in a fallen world.
The awareness of risk can cause us to look at work in an unhealthy manner. When work becomes a harsh taskmaster or usurps God’s rightful place as Lord and provider, it’s time to refocus. Are we expecting our jobs to supply the security only God can give? Click To Tweet
When we see God as our provider and work as a way to serve Him, work becomes sacred and meaningful.
Question: What difference would it make if you viewed Jesus as your provider and your job as a way to serve Him?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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