A Good Word about Your Job
THE CHRISTIAN IN GOD'S WORK*
The Christian goes to church on Sunday to worship God. The other six days of the week he is busy at work. He works in the office or factory or elsewhere to make a living for his family. Or he works at his studies in school. And he does some work around the house, on his lawn, in his garden.
Shall we say that the Christian gives one day – Sunday – to God, and that he spends the other six days on himself? Oh, no! Every day is God’s. Every day the Christian should live as one whose life belongs to God.
On Sunday he worships God. On the other six days of the week he works for God. The Christian worships God on Sunday so that he may live and work better for God on the other days of the week.
You see, when people go to work, they aren’t just making money for themselves and their families. In their work they are doing something for the life of the world and for the people in the world.
Some people sell groceries so that others can live. Some build homes so that people can have a place in which to live. Some make furniture and appliances for people’s homes. Some make cars and build roads so that people can get around. Some make medicines and drugs so that sick people can be healed. Some are doctors and dentists and nurses who take care of people’s health. Some are teachers, who train children and young people for their place in life. Some are ministers and missionaries, who preach the gospel and try to help people spiritually. And so on.
Everybody works in some way for the life of the world and for the lives of the people in the world. But the great Owner and Manager of the world is God. Therefore, everybody who works, works for God and must give an account to him. We should always remember this. God is our Employer. We are His servants. All we do in the world is His work.
When God made man in the beginning, He gave him a job in his world. In Genesis 2:15 we read that, “God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress and keep it.” God put man to work not just in the garden but in the whole world. For we read in Genesis 1:28 that God said to the man and the woman he had made, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over…every living thing.”
Wherever we are, and whatever we do, we are called to be faithful in God’s work. That’s why Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:24, Let each man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.” What Paul meant was that it isn’t only ministers and missionaries who are doing God’s work: all Christians do God’s work by doing his will and serving him as their Master wherever they are.
*by George Stobb, in That I May Know
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