A couple of months ago I was convicted of how I view work. You see, I am perfectly content spending my days reading by the pool, beach, mountains, fireplace, etc. I’m assuming you see my point. I had no desire to put in work in any area of my life. As you can see in THIS POST, my life has not turned out to be what I expected. Therefore, when my life went a very different direction, I essentially gave up on myself.
Then came the work conviction. So, I decided to do some research into what the Word of God says about work.
Genesis 2:2 states, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” SLAP. IN. THE. FACE. Hear this: GOD WORKS. He didn’t rest until his work was done. Okay, then. What else is there?
Psalm 8:3-4 states, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Wow. We have constant reminders of God’s work around us every single day, yet here I am only wanting to enjoy his work, not put in work of my own. Also, God is mindful of me… I don’t deserve this grace, yet he lavishes it upon me.
Proverbs 16:3 states, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Yeah, about that one… I very much tend to try to do things on my own, not asking God to bless my pursuits. I have very much found that if I’m trying to do something on my own, the motivation to work just doesn’t present itself like I expect. On the other hand, when I have committed my work to the Lord, it has been blessing after blessing after blessing.
I’m going to go ahead and stop here. There are many verses about Biblical work, and if you’re interested in them, most Bibles have a concordance where “work” may be listed with verses following. I personally took the time to go through the list and write down each verse word for word in my journal so I was taking the time to digest what I was reading, which helped me refocus my view of work.
To wrap up, goodness gracious to work is so very Biblical. I pray often for the motivation and strength to continue to become more and more skillful in my work in order to glorify God. I would like to know, how have you committed your work to the Lord?