The Redemptive Nature of Our Jobs
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”
What is one of the first questions people ask when they meet someone? “What is it that they do for a living?” Why? Because, work is one of the biggest facets of a person’s life. Even answering an inquiry about our employment can fill us with discomfort, “Are you a homemaker or do you work for a living?” Oh my, seriously…people say some silly things.
The Bible speaks clearly on the subject. Paul told the new believers at Colossae, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” Colossians 3:23
Two themes are to be noted in this vital verse:
Work Hard – We should be dependable, trustworthy workers that autograph all we do with excellence. But there is second thought included in this verse that is perhaps even more vital.
Work Holy – There is a spiritual dimension to work and it is important to God. Popular thought tells us to be marketable, build your resume and stand out…not evil advice, but certainly shallow at best. What’s missing is an understanding of the meaning behind our labor.
All our labor should produce spiritual fruit as well as physical. There is a redemptive nature to work. The process of our work is more important than the provision. The paycheck, while still important, becomes a byproduct and not the pursuit. Friend, place spiritual fruit above any physical reward and be liberated!
Jobs for Jesus,
Dr. Tim Pollock, Senior Pastor