Have you ever thought of work as worship? Is this a strange thought to you? Work is work, and we all need to do it so as to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. What if there is more to it than that?
Read today’s guest post written by Trent Erwin to receive some fresh insight on this. You can learn more about Trent at the end of this post.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
We’re God’s workers. We see here, in the second chapter of Genesis, that one of the most definite purposes of our existence is to work, and to work for God’s glory. Somewhere down the road the view of work was skewed and now we say “work” with a negative connotation. Before I understood the purpose of work and the delegation of it in my life, I would say, “I have to work,” with a sigh. Just look at other working people. Many aren’t pleased with their work and dread waking up to that alarm every morning. It’s because their understanding of work isn’t rooted in the message of the Gospel.
Consider Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, an incredible passage by King Solomon examining life and using his wisdom to reason the purpose of our life. When we come to the same realization as King Solomon—life is about work, meaningful work—then we begin to look at it with different eyes. We begin to embrace work, we love it, we yearn for it, and we desire to worship God through our work.
What if you’re in an awful position and you don’t know how to worship God in your work? Well, maybe you’re not where you need to be. If you dislike your work so much that you don’t know how to worship God in and through it, then maybe God has other work for you to do. Have you considered that?
Work is to be fulfilling, to be challenging, and to be difficult at times. However, work is to be joyful and something that consumes us in the most beneficial and beautiful sense. If you’re not experiencing this, then consider what you’re passionate about:
- Make a list of your passions, however big or small.
- Consider your current work and how they match your passions. If they don’t fit whatsoever, then yes, you’re probably not content with your work. Don’t just work for status or money. Work because it’s worship of God.
- Consider what you’re most passionate about and research what you can make or do with that passion. It might be working with a non-profit organization, switching to a new business, or even starting your own business.
- Understand that moving from a comfortable, yet unfulfilling job is difficult. The risk involved is substantial, but it might be time for a change in your life. Consider the risks of changing to a new vocation and then begin praying constantly. God will work to establish you where He needs you and where you will bring Him the greatest satisfaction.
Those who are most satisfied with their work don’t see it as “work” with a sigh. They view it as passionate existence, doing what we were crafted to do. You’re gifted and you’re talented, that’s why you were made in God’s image. Begin noticing what you’re passionate about, and gifted to do, and make the necessary changes in your life so your work becomes beautiful worship.
Bio: Trent Erwin is a freelance writer/marketer for Genesis Net Development, a passionate follower of Christ and firm believer in glorifying Christ through business.
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About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst, author, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the National War Council. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on Inspirational Christian Blogs, and I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! From there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
Greg is the author of the newly released book: Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church