Labor Day: 3 Reasons Why Your Work is a Gift From God

labor day workEcclesiastes 5:18-20 outlines your work this way: “It is good for people to … enjoy their work … And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God.”

It has only been within the last few years that I’ve come to realize that work is indeed a gift from God.   Did you know that?  Obviously, your work helps pay the bills, provide for your family and secures your future, but did you know that what you are doing now to create income is a gift from God?

Why would that be a gift?  Doesn’t it say in Genesis that man would toil in the earth all the days on earth?  (Genesis 3:17).

Three Reasons:

  1. Work reflects the heart of God.  God isn’t sitting in His heavenly lazy boy chair watching football games and soap operas.  He is active in every aspect of your life.  He is guiding and leading and working for the benefit of His kingdom here on earth and in heaven.  By working, you are doing a God-thing.
  2. Work gives voice to your inner soul.  If and when you find the kind of work that resonates with how you’re hardwired, if provides purpose and drive for your life.  It creates a framework around which you feel alive.  I spoke with someone who was transitioning out of a company and asked him if he’d go back into the same line of work.  Without hesitation he said, “Absolutely!  I love what I do.”  This kind of resonation can take years to accomplish.  I’ve heard it said that in your 20’s, you are discovering what you like to and are able to do.  In your 30’s you are honing in on your skills and passions.  In your 40’s you are developing a foundation and establishing your position.  In your 50’s you are earning and reaping the benefits of your work.  In your 60’s and beyond you are giving back and providing for the needs of others.
  3. Work adds value to others.  The phrase “lot in life” means “what you are doing right now.”  What is your work right now?  Do you feel that it is adding value to others and if not, how can you change your outlook?  If you work at McDonalds, your work helps feed people a meal.  If you work at an office doing accounting, your work helps organize the financial situation of others.  If you are in construction, your work provides refuge for others or helps provide spaces for others.

God has given you your work – what you are doing right now – as a gift.  It may not be perfect.  It may not be your ultimate landing place.  It is, however, a good thing to work and do what you do as if you have God as your boss.

Ephesians 6:5-7  “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”



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