“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Probably one of the most difficult places for many people to live their faith is the workplace. For some reason there is a disconnect that takes place, for many, when they step into their work environment. This may be because of the nature of their work, or perhaps the busyness or pace of their work, or simply their attitude toward working is poor.
However, because it is the one place that we spend most of our waking hours, it has a tremendous influence over our attitudes, emotions, physical health, and even our spirituality.
Work is not just some necessary evil that men and women must do in order to pay their bills and put food on the table. It wasn’t the consequence of the fall of mankind. Work was initiated by God and modeled by God! Work emulates who God is!
Genesis Chapter 1 tells us that six days God worked and authored all of creation demonstrating that He is a creative, active, and working God! Then, after He modeled hard work, Genesis 2:15 declares:
“The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
Since creation, God has intended for us to work, because when we work we are modeling God to others. Our work ethic is a testimony to others about the nature of God. Yet many sabotage their own witness by consistently coming in late to work, shirking responsibilities, complaining to others about their job, blasting their employers on Facebook, stealing from their employers, bad mouthing fellow employees, or simply just giving less than their best when their on the clock.
When we model a poor work ethic, it should not surprise us when those we work with don’t want to come to church with us or have anything to do with the God we confess to serve.
The reality of work is this; work has nothing to do with what you do, but rather your attitude toward doing it.
Pastor Scott Burr