Work was given to us as a blessing from God before the fall took place. In Genesis 2:15, it says “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
It is clear that work matters to God. Whether you are a parent, teacher, business owner, doctor or anything else – God truly cares about your work. God has given us the ability to plan, analyse, negotiate and more in order for us to work and work well.
God has employed us to rule over and take care of His creation.
Even when we love, it takes much work and effort to do so. They say love is a verb that takes hard work and dedication – not only for God but for His people, too.
What attitude should we have towards work?
We must be willing: Judges 5:2
We must be loving: Galatians 5:13
We must be fervent: Romans 12:11
We must be humble: Matthew 20:26-28
Here are 7 Biblical principles about work to keep at the top of your mind.
1. Work is for the glory of God.
First and foremost, the reason we do anything should be for the glory of God alone. Ask yourself: “Who do I work for?” “Am I working to live or do I live to work?” Whatever job or title you may have, you can be content because you are not working for yourself, but for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
2. Work is not a punishment.
God did not give us work to complain, grumble or dread our jobs, but as a gift and blessing in our lives and to others. (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)
3. Work until the job is finished.
We have a job to do here on earth, we must finish and finish strong. Just because we might retire at 65 doesn’t mean our work stops there. Whether we are being paid or not, God calls us to continue in meaningful work and serve purposefully. (Acts 20:28)
4. Work is not for yourself, alone.
Work is not to provide for your own life but to provide for those around you, too. (Ephesians 4:28)
5. Work calls for obedience.
Whether we are recognised or not, a good worker is diligent and humble to the task and company. After all, the number1 employer of all is Jesus Christ. Ensure you view your job as an act of service to Jesus, not only your employer. (Colossians 3:22)
6. Work humbles us.
Our work teaches us to be thankful for whatever job we have and to appreciate the small things in life. (1 Corinthians 9:19)
7. Work should be done with excellence.
We are not to aim for the human standard of excellence but rather God’s standard of excellence. Our work is not to please mankind but to please God himself. (Ephesians 6:6-7)
Above all, work for the glory of God. If this is the motive for our work in every aspect of our lives, we can see a transformation on our perspective of work. No matter what title we have, how tedious or maybe even boring our work may be, it will become a job and delight because we do it for the glory of God, alone.
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