Work is Good, God Says So

I’ll be honest. I’ve been struggling with the idea of work lately. Sometimes I sit back and think about the great Christian figures like John Piper and Billy Graham who have dedicated their lives to God’s work. I see the amazing things they’ve accomplished for the Lord’s kingdom and then compare their stories to my 7-5 job. That’s when the doubt starts to appear.  I start thinking that maybe I’m wasting my time. Am I being a good steward of my time on Earth by working from 7-5? Am I wasting time at work? These are questions that I’ve been pondering lately. Like any type of doubt of confusion, I go straight to the Bible. So, what does that Bible say about Christians who work? Or better yet, how does God view work? Work is part of God’s design for our lives. Many of you reading this are construction workers, doctors, office workers, engineers, mechanics, or any of the vast multitude of career paths. In all honesty, every career has the mundane tasks that we all dread. Can we really do these tasks for the glory of God? I say yes and so does the Bible! Did you know that work was part of God’s purpose and design from the very beginning? God is pretty clear on the idea of work. Look at what he said about Adam and Eve in the very beginning: The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. – Genesis 2:15 Wait, so work was a good and holy thing before sin entered the world? If the Bible says so, I guess it’s true! This implies that work is part of our journey to doing everything to the glory of God, even when we have to file a thousand memos at work. It’s important to point out that God has wired us with individual, special gifts that fit some careers better than others. The sooner you find out your gifts, you will find out you can make a greater impact for His kingdom through your workplace. Lazy? You don’t eat. I think a lot of people forget that Jesus was a carpenter and worked so he could eat, just like the rest of us. I see a lot of Christians not working because they claim that the “Lord will provide.” This is foolish talk because it goes against the grain with the Bible. Paul from the New Testament is cut and dry regarding laziness: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their own work quietly and to earn their own living. – Thessalonians 3:10-12. So, in reality it doesn’t matter what field you’re in. God calls his children to work hard in anything we do. This means you need to be the hardest working person at your office. This means you need to swing the hammer the hardest. This means you need to be going the extra mile and avoiding idle chat at work. That’s a call to action! Remember that working the hardest does not mean neglecting your family. It means that you should work hard during your regular hours at work. What about bad bosses? It’s one thing to work hard, but what about working hard for a nagging or micro-managing boss? This is where the call to action gets a little harder. Let’s take a look at this verse: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits — to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. – 1 Peter 18-21 We’re called to respect even the nastiest of bosses. Did Jesus retaliate when he was carrying His cross or when He was being crucified? No and no. It’s an example to how we should carry out our lives within the workplace. No one ever said being a Christian would be easy. So, where does this leave us? I won’t make this more complicated than it should be. If you are a Christian you are called to work your hardest to God’s glory and respect bad bosses. So, the next time your boss asks you to do something that is clearly not part of you typical duties, do it with a willing heart. Talk to us about work. How do you make an effort to go the extra mile at work? Meet us in the comments! Photo by  NatalieMaynor Related Articles: The seasons of life Faith and Fear Money Mistake #7 – Assuming that a college degree guarantees a good job God’s Provision During a Recession 5 Success Traits God Wants Us to Have Reasons Not to be a Well-Rounded Person Jon is a Christian personal finance writer at Free Money Wisdom . 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