Most of us will spend the majority of our adult lives working. We may labor for employment, as a volunteer, or perhaps running our household, but in some way our days are spent working. We may tend to consider our work lives separate from our worship of God. But in fact, God has much to say about our work. If we are going to live our lives as a reflection of our faith, then we need to know what God’s Word teaches us about the Christian perspective on work.
Finding satisfaction in workRead Ecclesiastes 2:24-25; 5:18-19
“Whistle While You Work” was the song Snow White sang while she tidied up the house of the seven dwarfs. Her attitude made light the work involved. What ways have you found to find joy and satisfaction in your work? What ways can you increase that attitude?
Pray. Ask God to show you how to find more joy and satisfaction in your work.
Read Proverbs 12:24; Matthew 5:40-41; Luke 17:7-10
Think about how Jesus’ second-mile principle could be applied to your work environment. Come up with five specific examples of how you might do more than is expected in your work and in your work relationships.
Pray. Ask God to make you more sensitive this week to places where you can “go the second mile.”
Who do you work for?
Read Colossians 3:22-24
Reflect on the concepts of “eyeservice” (performing well only when watched) and “manpleaser” (working to please men rather than God). This week, look for specific ways you can render positive service when no one is watching except God.
Pray. Ask God to help you see your acts of service to others as acts of worship to him this week.
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