Working For God

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6).

This week we take a look at how God calls us to an active faith, pursuing God’s best through hard work.

People shy away from the thought of “work” today, seeing their jobs and careers as a means to pay bills. But God places a much higher value on work than we do. He provides work as a means to procure the necessities of life. But God also places a high dignity on work and those who perform it. God tells us to work heartily as to the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23). He warns us that God releases daily necessities through hard work (Proverbs 14:23). In fact, whatever we do should be directed to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). In general, the diligent will get promoted, while the slothful will suffer (Proverbs 12:24).

A poor work attitude can usually get turned around by examining our motives and answering this question: Who am I working for? If we answer the name of our supervisor, then we work for someone who has flaws, just like we all do. But if we answer “God,” then we work for a perfect One who is Lord of the universe and lover of our souls. God, in fact, signs our paychecks. If we love God, we will not hold back maximum effort in whatever He calls us to do. Who do you work for?

Do you want renewed energy and motivation for your work? Pledge that from this day forward you work for God, and not man. Maintain a healthy attitude about work, realizing God gives us work as a necessary activity that keeps us productive and helps others.

We run into trouble when we divorce God from anything we do. Man will disappoint; God cannot. Imagine working directly for a king. We do! When we view work correctly, work loses its sting. People may take advantage of us, overlook us, and not appreciate our efforts. But God takes into account all that we do, and places a blessing on our efforts.

Take this verse with you today, and remember who you work for:

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

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