Why do you go to work?
Is it for a Purpose?
It would be fair to say that when opportunities present themselves in the form of a new job, we can become excited by the prospect of being successful in our application. Unfortunately, many people can spend the majority of their working life unhappy in their job, with no sense of purpose other than earning their pay each week.
People can allow themselves to get worn down by the day-to-day things they do. Sadly, many people have the wrong attitude toward work, whether it be as a cleaner, receptionist, a bank manager, or a lawyer. Work should not be thought of as serving ourselves, that is, earning a week’s pay, but in service to others and serving God.
Imagine if people went to work and took God with them, how different would their attitude to their work be and how different would the workplace be?
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful.”
How we view our work can make a lot of difference in how we represent God and draw others to him. When our purpose is for God, we find something more precious than money. We find in our work a purpose that satisfies even if it’s not the dream job we had wished for.
So, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will begin to meet the needs of others, and find that God thoughtfully takes care of our needs. Our workplace ethic, in Lutheran learning environments, should be praiseworthy because we acknowledge God’s presence.
At the end of next week, let us reflect on what God gave up for us all, his own dear son. For Jesus died on the cross so that we may be forgiven for all our sins.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, …. whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” Amen.