Week 5 – Loving my work well: Introduction
Work. Too often, I view my work as something I have to do. I want to change my perspective. I want to see my work as a privilege. A blessing. Even on the hard days.
“As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example].” (Matthew 4:18-20, AMP)
“As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew (Levi) sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk].” And Matthew got up and followed Him.” (Matthew 9:9, AMP)
When Jesus called his disciples, told them, “Follow Me,” their obedience to his call required them to leave the work they were doing. For Simon Peter and Andrew, the two brothers, following Jesus required them to leave their fishing boats. For Matthew, it required him to leave his work as a tax collector. For me, and I suspect for many other Christians, His call to follow Him, leaves us in the same workplaces, in the same dailyness of our lives. He leaves us doing the same thing(s) but for a different purpose. We learn that our work is worship and this change in perspective is one reason we can love our work well.
Today’s post was written for Day 29 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Follow.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.
“Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people. You know that it is from the Lord that you will receive the inheritance as a reward. It is the Lord Messiah whom you are serving!” (Colossians 3:23-24, ISV)
//Negativity can be contagious and in a work place, opportunities to be negative can increase during demanding times. It can be easy to complain and easy to find others who are willing to form a choir of complainers, or at least a quartet. Colossians 3:23-24, however, provides a perspective about work that can serve as an antidote to negativity. As a child of God, when I purpose to work wholeheartedly at whatever I do, based on the recognition that I am serving God through my work, I am less likely to complain. Instead of complaining and spreading negativity, with God’s help, I can be a source of encouragement and support to my co-workers.//
Most of my interactions with the majority of my co-workers occur at work. As such, the bulk of my knowledge of many of my co-workers is comprised of work related matters with a dash of personal information. However, although my personal knowledge of most of my colleagues is limited, being a source of encouragement and support in the work place, and striving for excellence in my work are ways in which I can behave in loving manner to my colleagues.
Today’s post was written for Day 23 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The content outside of the double // was written before or after the five minute time frame. The prompt is, “Work.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.
“Go down to the potter’s house,” You told your prophet, Jeremiah. “Go down and I will speak to you there.” When he arrived, he saw a potter doing a work, creating a vessel from clay. He witnessed the vessel become broken, flawed, marred, in the potter’s hand. And he witnessed that the potter did not discard the broken vessel. No, the potter started over and made another vessel. He reworked it into one that was good in his eyes (Jeremiah 18:2-4).
O, Father, Potter, there is such comfort in this scene. Such encouragement because you do the same with me. When I am broken, flawed, You do not discard me. You continue to work. And You work effectively. Giving me the desire and the ability to fulfill the purpose for which You created me (Philippians 2:13). And I have Your promise that You who have started this “good work” in me, will “carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). You will complete the “good work” you are doing in me. Thank You, Father. Thank You.
I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community (on Saturday) for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Work.”
From its first sentence, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” to its last, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen,” the Bible is a record of God working out His eternal purpose in the earth, which includes His incomprehensible works on our behalf.
Psalms 103 and 107 are two passages of Scripture in which many of His works are listed. In both, the psalmist encourages praise and thanksgiving to God for His goodness, as demonstrated by His works. But as encouraging and uplifting as those verses are, what I find myself focusing on at this time are Philippians 2:13 and 1:6.
Philippians 2:13 states a mind blowing truth, God is at work in us, giving us both the desire and the ability to do what pleases Him. How amazing is this especially when we consider how many times the last thing we want to do, is what pleases Him. How amazing it is that He gives us both the desire and the ability to do what pleases Him. It is possible to please Him.
The second verse holds an amazing promise – not only does He do what He does in Philippians 213, He finishes what He starts. Two wonderful reasons to give Him praise today and always. We will not be unfinished projects. He will complete what He starts in us. Yes! Yes! Yes!
This post is number 13 in the series “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.