Is work simply just work for you?
Do you view your work or job as not-so-spiritual in comparison to church-related activities?
Our work is a ministry
If we think for second that our jobs in the marketplace are insignificant in comparison to what we do in church, then we are horribly wrong.
From Scripture, we can see that God expects us to approach and handle our work in a sacred manner; as an act of worship unto Him. Therefore, sloppy and laziness at work is indefinitely not what God expects His people to be associated with.
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.
Given that we spend an average of 160,000 hours at work in our life-time, this provides us with a large window of opportunity to impact and touch lives around us.
With our work or jobs, this divinely provides us an “entry vehicle” into the marketplace (mission field) to sow and reap the harvest. Therefore, our work is given to us for His purpose- using our gifts/talents to serve Him and others around us.
Shining at work
Personally as I understand this biblical truth and His purpose more, I started to pray more at work. Every morning I ask that the Holy Spirit to empower and use me for His redemptive purpose towards fulfilling His Great Commission.
I see that the onus is on us to shine for Him with our work. And this is not an easy feat as we have a higher standard to reach. As His followers, we not only need to perform our jobs professionally with excellence, but also set an example of living an upright life.
With such a high calling, I am convinced that you and I need to pray more to rely on Him carrying out our roles and responsibilities at work.