The Gift of Work

There is a restaurant chain known as T.G.I. Friday’s. We have hump days on Wednesdays. We live for weekends and holidays.

Yet, without our jobs, we could not survive.

Think back on television shows we enjoy. Many of the best dramas center on people who work together at hospitals, police stations, or in office buildings. One number one show is filmed in the Bering Sea onboard fishing vessels!

Often we make lifelong friends among those we work with. Still, most people are not happy with their jobs.

If we learn to be happy in the position we’re in, we allow God to promote us to a higher position. If we smile more, help those who share our duties, and show a positive attitude, our work output will reflect our Christian walk. Then, and only then, God will be able to trust us in that higher position.

God wishes to bless us with a job we can enjoy. Here are seven work gifts from him:

Gift #1: Realize that work is a gift to us.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 tells us that our work gives us the opportunity to socialize and enjoy the good things of this world.

Gift #2: Work is a gift from God for others around us.

1 Corinthians 12:25 reveals to us that we have a responsibility to provide for the feeblest of the body. Galatians 6:4 encourages us to do our own work well to have something to be proud of. Don’t compare ourselves to others. Even the person who mans the phone lines has an important position, because he or she might be the first person people come in contact with at that company.

Gift #3: Work is a gift from God for our family.

1 Timothy 5:8 tells us that anyone who does not provide for his family denies the faith given to him by the Father. Then it goes further telling us he is worse than an unbeliever.

Gift #4: We should always be willing to go the extra mile.

In Matthew 5:41 the Word says to go with our brother two miles, if he asks us to travel one.

If a coworker falls behind in his or her workload, step up and offer to help. Alternately, go to the boss and ask how we can do our job better.

Gift #5: Our work should be effective.

Proverbs 1:5 tells us a wise man will increase in learning.

Colossians 3:23-24 tells us to do things as if for God and not for man.

We should work as if God is looking over our shoulder, because he is.

Gift #6: Our work will position us for advancement.

J. C. Penny once said, “Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I’ll show you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I’ll show you a man who’ll never be more than a stock clerk.”

Proverbs 22:29 says that a skillful worker will not stand before obscure men, but before kings.

Gift #7: Remember who we’re working for.

Ephesians 6:7 exhorts us to do whatever we are doing with a good heart, for we are doing service for the Lord and not men.

It is a fact of life that most of us have to work to make ends meet. However, if we do our work as unto the Lord, he will bless us both socially and financially, for he loves his children.

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