Hard working people of the middle class, I salute you! Business owners, laborers, journey men and craftsmen/women of all kinds. I applaud you and I applaud your work!
It’s such a beautiful and pure word. It is so unglamorous, unpopular and underrated, but it is a beautiful thing. Our culture pushes vacations, travel and time-off benefits from the pain of work to the extreme. But where is the appreciation for such a little thing such as work.
What does God say about work?
“What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail (hard work), which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:9-13
Here we are on what happens to be TGIF. Thank God It’s Friday and we are all gearing up for a nice weekend. For us in Billings, it might snow again. I don’t think it will stick, but how many of us will dread Monday coming back around?
That is when we can tell the difference between someone who is doing a work and someone who has a job. The word worketh is translated from the Hebrew word, “`asah” meaning to do, fashion, accomplish, make, produce, and to work. This Hebrew word indicates a process and progress of one’s own making. It is possible to work in a job because we take pride in putting our name on the work we produce. There in lies the difference between someone who just punches a clock for a job, and someone who enjoys and diligently excels in their work.
As believers we have a tremendous opportunity to ask God, what work we should put our heart and talents into in the physical realm, but we can also “Work” heartily unto the Lord. When you diligently work to seek out the things of God, He notices big time.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
When we change our attitude to this thankful, productive, research-minded process, instead of just plodding along, we get God adding “all these things unto you.” What things??
The context of Matthew 6:33 is food and clothing, most importantly peace because those things will be added. Wow! Huh.
I can already hear you saying, “But Terri, I’m just a stay at home Mom. I don’t work anywhere.”
WHAAAAT???? OF COURSE YOU WORK! Where did we get this degraded mentality and frankly sexist idea that a mother of two young children isn’t working? That is ridiculous! Those children are the future! They need you every minute from dawn till dusk and most days way beyond dusk. That is the very definition of work. Besides, women didn’t wear business suits and carry briefcases back in the day the Bible was written, yet they worked, or toiled as it says. A mother’s work is the most honest kind there is and to this day is the most highly respected work in the world. Why would politicians, ball players, Olympians, nobel peace prize winners and more always raise their hand and salute their MOMS? Moms don’t work, HA! Anyone staying home to raise the kiddos deserves every “added thing” God gives times two. But that all depends on your heart. Are you digging into your work? Are you enjoying your work? Do you excel at your work? If you’re in it, enjoy it. If you’re there do it with 100% of your focus in that minute. Stay your mind on the task at hand and check in on the details. God loves this stuff, and we grow from it.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23
“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Let your work tell the story for you.
What I mean by that is, go to God and ask Him how to best achieve your work. The product will speak loud and clear. So loud you will not have to say anything. That includes your children. As for our kids, we must go to God and get what I call, “the book” on them. God knows your kids inside and out. He can tell you just the right way to motivate, discipline, reward and love on those little believers. Trust me, kids are a BIG deal to God. After all, all the great prophets had to be kids once too.
God works in you!
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
God energizes the work in you, gives you the idea, or inspiration, or motivation, you choose whether to act on it and then boom, your walking in love towards your work.
All of this work adds up to one thing, obedience. Your obedience and heart about the work will transform your life from dull to exciting, from dreary and dreaded to anticipated and phenomenal.
So let’s roll up our sleeves and go to work!
God bless you today!