Saturday, July 17, 2010

Enthusiastic Work - June 17, 2010

Colossians 3:23-24 (New International Version)
23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24 (New Living Translation)
23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Ephesians 6:7-8 (New Century Version)
7 Do your work with enthusiasm. Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.8 Remember that the Lord will give a reward to everyone, slave or free, for doing good.

Do you like your job? Do you really like the work you are doing? According to 2008 surveys from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, the average person born in the later years of the baby boom held 10.8 jobs from age 18 to age 42. Nearly two-thirds of these jobs were held from ages 18 to 27. Wow! That is alot of job changes!

We spend alot of our lifetime working, and God had mankind working even before the fall. In Genesis 2:15(NCV) we read, "The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it." (As we read further we also find out that He had the man name all of the animals of Creation.) Work was an extension of God's character that was created into mankind. What that means is that God is about work. Our work becomes a form of worshipping God, and because of this, it is something we need to do as if we are working directly for God.

I believe the problem we fall into with our attitude about work can also be found in Genesis. As a result of mankind's disobedience, work took on a different meaning in the heart of man:
Genesis 3:17-19 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
17Then he said to the man, “You listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree, although I commanded you, ‘You must never eat its fruit.’

The ground is cursed because of you. Through hard work you will eat food that comes from it every day of your life. 18The ground will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat wild plants.

19By the sweat of your brow, you will produce food to eat until you return to the ground, because you were taken from it. You are dust, and you will return to dust.”

If we are to truly "work at it with all our heart,as working for the Lord", we need to find out what God has designed us to do, and then do it prayerfully seeking God's best in everything we do. We will probably have to do alot of jobs that we are not too excited about doing, but if we will always maintain a worshipful attitude and work at our best, the job will be alot easier for us to handle. As Christians we are to always serve as the ambassadors of Christ in every work place. Our example to others will serve to point those who don't yet know Jesus, to the One who gave His best work for us.

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