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Discover Work! - Most Rev. Dr. Duraisingh James PDF Print E-mail

Work is a precious gift from God to each one of us. What does the Bible teach about work? Work was part of man’s life before sin entered the scene. God gave Adam the job of dressing and gardening. Though sin turned work into almost hopeless toil, it must never be thought that the necessity of work is a result of sin. Man needs work for the fulfillment of his own person. God created him to work.

God called people who were only busy at their work. Moses was caring for his sheep, Joshua was Moses’ servant, Gideon was threshing wheat, the disciples were busy fishing, Paul was a tent maker and Jesus himself worked as a carpenter. There are a few definite things that we need to learn when we talk about work.

1. Work is a calling: The Bible speaks to us that the very act of Creation is the work of God. Jesus affirms by telling us, “My Father is working now, and I am working (John 5:17). God is the ultimate work-man who gives meaning, significance and dignity to work. Therefore, He calls every one to work. When God gives us work, we need to look inside, recognize our abilities and talents and use all our gifts through this work to build us and others.

2. Work is to love: The purpose of every vocation is to love and serve our neighbor. God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does. We encounter specific neighbors at our workplaces whom we are to love and serve. Husbands and wives are to love and serve each other; parents love and serve their kids; office and factory workers love and serve their customers; rulers love and serve their subjects. And God is in it all. The person who is idle even though there are opportunities to work becomes a burden and a dependent, taking away the joy of others and the community. Unless we work we cannot love (1Tim.5:8).

3. All work is valuable before God: I have come across people who feel guilty for going to work when they could be doing ministry of leading people to Jesus instead. Most of us categorize some
work as spiritual and others secular. It is not the Biblical understanding. Whether it is sweeping the street or preaching from the pulpit both have the same value in the sight of God. In this way we value the person who does the job. 1Cor. 7:17 commands us that each person leads the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and which God has called him. No matter what the work may be, we are called to be faithful.

4. We work to please God: Do we work for money or for the work or for a status? We work not to please our boss, but to please God who has done so much for us. Unless we learn to work for God’s sake, people’s sake and for the work’s sake we cannot please God. In our work we need to respect our co-workers and honour our superiors, ultimately knowing that “from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. (Col. 3: 23- 24). If we work for fulfillment we may not find it but work for God’s glory then we will find great fulfillment and joy.

5. Christian works for excellence: Today the struggle for a Christian is ‘Christian identity’ in work place. A Christian’s work should be excellent and ethical creating a platform for evangelism reflecting the nature and character of God. God deserves our best and nothing less. Christians must set themselves as role models by being punctual, honest and faithful in their work. Ethical work contributes to the good of society. It is not just the way we work, but what we do for work that can glorify God. Our work should be a love offering characterized by excellence and sacrifice. We work not for God to accept us, but we are accepted because of God’s work in and for us (Phil. 2:12-13.). Do you enjoy your work and consider it as an opportunity to give your best and glorify God?