Work with a deeper purpose

By Randell Tiongson on March 28th, 2023

We each have work to do. Everything we do — from the way we work to how we talk — is an act of worship to God.

One of the reasons we work is to experience happiness in God (Ecclesiastes 3:22). When we exert energy to complete a task, there is joy from accomplishing something. God is the source of all work; our meaning is found in Him, no matter what work we’re doing.

Work also gives us the financial means to meet our needs, help others and worship Jesus. By working toward something and earning a living, we are building a life of freedom. Freedom is the ability to live according to God’s directions rather than according to the restrictions of our debts or obligations. Working is how God has designed us to live in this freedom.

God wants to do work in you, not just make you accomplish tasks. Perhaps you’re in a difficult job with challenging co-workers and impossible tasks or maybe your business is experiencing difficulties. It may be a chance for you to grow in faithfulness, dedication and overcoming conflicts. When we work, our character is built and we’re better equipped to do more work God calls us to in the future (whether it’s in a career, running a business, serving others or anything else).

Ultimately, our jobs are about stewardship. We’ve been given great opportunities to use our minds, bodies, creativity and attitudes that God has allotted for us. Be responsible and grateful for the resources and abilities you have. Work because you’ve received a task from Jesus, not just income.

“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”.

Colossians 3:23-24, ESV


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