Work that matters
Do you struggle to find sacred in your daily life? Are you constantly battling the thought that God is not pleased with your work?
Well, put your mind at ease. You have more control over that than you think.
1 Corinthians 10:31(ESV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Paul tells us that we should do even menial things like eating and drinking for the glory of God.
- The first thing to note from 1 Corinthians 10, is that if you can bring glory to God when you eat and drink you can definitely bring Him glory in your work. Everything you do can be done in such a way that glorifies God.
- The second thing is, that God cares why you do what you do. God wants you to do the seemingly unimportant things for His glory and the things that you might define as important, like your work, for His glory.
You could be a pastor or missionary and work in a way that does not honor God. No matter how sacred we might view some areas of work, the heart and motive behind the work can make it sacred or not.
In the same way, if you work in a factory and purpose to do every task no matter how common it might seem for the glory of God than that work can become sacred.
Your motivation behind why you do what you do makes the difference between what is secular or sacred.
Is your work simply an act of selfish ambition? Or is it something that you do out of obedience and love for God?
When you settle in your heart that you live for God, whatever you do becomes sacred. Everything you do from eating to working becomes an interaction or exchange between you and God – you… offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—and God receives this as your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1 NIV).
So now, whether you serve as a missionary, pastor, engineer, or plumber, it can become sacred work.
If you’re a preacher study hard, pray for the message, don’t take shortcuts, seek to do it for God’s glory and then go preach.
If you’re a plumber work hard, use the right tools and the right techniques, don’t take shortcuts, do the job knowing that God sees your work as you seek to honor Him through your work.
A life devoted to Him is a life filled with sacred work. Your work is sacred because you have a divine mission.
Erase the line between sacred and secular work. What you do matters to God. So do it in a way that brings Him glory and then in whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV).