Is God interested in what you do for a living? Or do you think God thinks your work matters?
Does God care if you trade stocks, lay tile, or raise cattle? Does God bother with such mundane things? Or does God only care about what we do if we go into the ministry?
God cares about whatever you do. Here’s why your work matters to God.
1. It’s not what you do that matters. It’s how you do it that matters.
Be excellent in whatever you do. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). God wants your work to shine for Him.
Character has been defined as what you do when no one is looking. God wants you to do the right thing even if there’s no one there to check up on you. He wants you to use, as the Bible says, accurate scales (Proverbs 16:11). Because God wants your work to match His word.
God wants what you do to reflect Him. He wants others to see Himself in you at work. Let your chosen profession show you have chosen to follow God.
2. You are not your job. You are a minister.
God wants you to be more defined by Him than by your work. But He cares deeply about what you do. Your work matters to Him. Because that is how you can express Him to the world.
He wants you to be an “integrated person,” not a bifurcated person with your professional life separated from your church life. As Daniel Henderson would say, He wants all the parts of your life to fit together.
It doesn’t matter to God what you do as much as if you do it for Him. Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
3. You are a candle. Burn brightly.
God wants you to use your work to showcase Him. But he is less interested in you gaining converts than he is in you spending time with Him. Because He wants you to be shaped by Him through your work.
God wants your whole life to express him. In addition to your church life, He wants your work life to shine His light too.
God wants His love to emanate from you just like a candle projects light. But just like a candle doesn’t think about the fact that it projects light, He doesn’t want you to have to think about how you emanate His love. God wants you to be so full of His love that you can’t help emanating it.
Emanating the love of God will cause others to notice you. They will want to know why you are different. They will want to know the answer for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). And that’s why your work matters to God.
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