Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…
I owe! I owe! It’s off to work I go!
I was thinking of all the negative lyrics and quotes surrounding Monday morning, and working. We’ve created hump day, thank God it’s Friday, and the dreaded Sunday night, “Ugh!”–tomorrow is Monday.
God was the first worker–creating the world, and He saw that it was good. He rested on the seventh day.
God is the primary worker, busy with the creation of the world (Genesis 1:1-15). The Bible states that God worked for six days and rested on the seventh day. These passages reveal that God was the first to do work on the earth. Therefore, legitimate work reflects the activity of God. Because God is inherently good, work is also inherently good (Psalm 25:8;Ephesians 4:28). http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-work.html
God reveals Himself through His Work. So work reveals who we are. Our work exposes our character and our motivation. Sin came into the world and work became complicated. Work continued to be good and a way for us to bring God glory, but we now face the challenge of our sins, and the sins of others in the workplace.
But what is work? We go all the way back to the beginning of our existence and what God told Adam and Eve to do:
To cultivate means to foster growth and to improve. To maintain means to preserve from failure or decline. To subdue means to exercise control and discipline. Rule over means to administer, take responsibility for, and make decisions. This mandate applies to all vocations. The 15th-century Reformation leaders saw an occupation as a ministry before God. Jobs should be acknowledged as ministries, and workplaces should be considered as mission fields. (http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-work.html)
Solomon in all his glory found that work was meaningless.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
When we attempt to find ourselves in a work, it is meaningless. When we attempt to honor and bring glory to God, we will find meaning and purpose. Last night we watched a funny, true story of someone following their dreams. They worked hard at their passion. It reminded me of the joy of work.
What is your passion? The one thing that will drive you, motivate you?
Yet, as I pondered this, I remembered God’s Word.
It’s not the job, it’s the purpose.
No matter where you find yourself, and the name of the company on your paycheck, you have an opportunity to reveal the glory of God! Your mission field is the floor you sweep, the bed you make, the kitchen you clean, the paperwork you are drowning in, the conflict with your coworker or boss, the client you serve, and the unexpected circumstances that occur. You don’t work for XYZ company, you are working to bring Glory to God.
So “Watch your mouth”. You don’t have to go to work. You GET to go to work. It’s a privilege and honor to work.
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