“But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” John 5:17 (ESV)
Why work? Is it because we have too or because we want too? Don’t people work for various reasons? For example:
Most people work for an income to cover their living expenses;
Yet some people work to express their God-given gifts;
Others work to enjoy the social interrelationships;
Some work to escape from internal problems;
Than some work because they have been asked to serve others in a specific capacity;
Others work to fulfill their obligations;
Many work to satisfy some driven-need;
Some work to earn a little extra income to help others;
Others work for a cause they believe in;
A few even work for the glory of God.
This is only a few of the reasons studies have shown why we work. Yet, the result of good work is the reason we have food, clothes, shelter, and transportation for the masses. It is the reason we have schools, hospitals, churches, and factories. It is the fruit of labor for the common good of all.
How about you? Is work a spiritual discipline that allows you to move with God in the arena of life? Or is work some kind of drudgery that is required while you serve your prison time on earth?
Jesus’ stated that His Father God is working even as he spoke. That God didn’t complete the creation of the world and then retired into His heavenly home. Likewise, Jesus was purposely working instead of enjoying life on easy street. Jesus came to serve; and service requires work.
Work became difficult when Adam left the garden of Eden rebelling against Almighty God. God allowed mankind to taste what life is like apart from Him. Since the arrival of the incarnated Jesus Christ and the reconciliation of man with God, work is the means of grace that allows us to experience the fruit of God Himself. Even today, God is at work; and with Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit we can partner with Him in His work that includes the redemption of all creation. Believe it or not, that includes the work you do today. Ask yourself, how many ways can you glorify God today through your work? What if you took one way today and worship Him through your work. How radical would that be?
Remember, we are rooting for you in Christ!
Yours in Christ,
Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married