It’s Friday and the weekend is just around the bend. Most of us spend much of our time working. Work, Scripture tells us, is ordained by God in the very beginning. Work is a good thing. Why then do we often grimace at the thought of going to work?
When humanity rebelled against the Lord by disobeying His commands, work became toil. Like all of creation and everything that God created, work morphed from something completely good into something less than originally intended.
Did you know that the word work, or it’s synonyms, are mentioned nearly 500 times in the Bible? That must mean work is an integral concept to our well-being. After all, the Bible is the handbook filled with all the ingredients we need to live a life that delights the Lord and thereby brings us joy and fulfillment.
Below are 3 Bible verses to encourage you in your work.
Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Before we try to accomplish the job in front us, it is vital that we turn to God for guidance, wisdom, and strength. As believers, we are exhorted to remain in a continuous state of prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Therefore, every part of our work should be covered in prayer. Once we know what to do, we proceed prayerfully. We commit what we are doing to God and complete our work in a manner that glorifies the One in whom we believe.
The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:8
We all have a role to play in the work God has ordained for us to do. Together, we are coworkers, completing the work set before us with excellence and honoring the work of our teammates. It is important to recognize our unique qualities and experiences that we bring to the table and to show honor to one another by using our talents, skills, and resources to the fullest of our ability to bring praise to our God.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17
The work we do is significant. How we do it matters to the Lord. God cares about our work. The work you do today is used by the Lord to build and advance His kingdom for His delight and for His glory.
As you work, consider how your efforts will impact the Kingdom. Know that how you do your work impacts others and influences their view of the Gospel because oftentimes you are the only Bible anyone ever reads. Glorify the Lord through the work He has called you and equipped you to do.
Know that you matter. What you do matters.
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