Hello. What work do you do?
We all work at something, even if you are a stay-at-home parent or an at-home empty-nester. Work is what we do. But, how do we view our work? Good, bad, worship…what? In this post we will look at some common feelings about work. Then we will look at the perspective we Christians should have toward work.
I am my work or my work is everything to me.
For some of us, work has taken over our identity. We become what we do. We become obsessed. Losing our work would be like losing ourselves, because we have allowed it to become everything…but we don’t call it an idol. We should. When our focus is misplaced, even Christians can fall into the trap of worshipping what we do and what we have instead of the one who made it all possible. But still, God is faithful.
I hate this job.
While some of us deal with worshipping work, some of us can’t wait to escape. For the escapee, the level of stress increases as the time left in the weekend or day off decreases. We have learned to love Friday and despise Monday. Believe me, I’m not above being able to relate to love-hate relationship with the days of the week. However, we have to stop and ask “Why?”. Maybe there were feelings of frustration, of being stuck, mistreated, and overworked. Then negativity moved in. The ups and downs of the economy probably didn’t help our state of mind. Fear and anxiety took hold. While our guard was down, all these feelings conspired together to advance to the next level. Hate. How did we get to the point of hating our work when there had been a time when we were excited about it? It can happen. But still, God is faithful.
Here I am to worship…through work
What if work became more than that thing we learned to dread, more than that false identity we assumed, or more than that idol we obsessed about. What if work became something that wasn’t just about us? What would that look like? How would our attitudes and perspective change? How would our lives change? There is a way out of the trap of hating work. There is a way out of the trap of allowing work to become a false identity or an idol taking the number one spot in our lives. The answer is always found in Jesus. Sometimes, we just need to hear a reminder to build up our faith.
Romans 10:17 — So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (NASB)
When we look to Jesus instead of ourselves, He gives us the strength to choose right. We are empowered to choose to serve him through our work, instead of serving our own agendas.
Colossians 3:23-24 — Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. (NASB)
Check out this video, “Work as Worship” from RightNow Media (https://www.rightnow.org)
Here are a few of the take-aways from the video, but you might have more:
- We should connect our faith to our work.
- Consider the purpose of being where you are.
- We are called to Serve Christ with our lives.
- Doing work with excellence is a form of worship.
- We must turn our focus away from self and back to God.
Hebrews 12:28 — Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. (NIV)
Have a blessed work week, and strive to bring God glory in all you do.