But Christians view our jobs differently because God does. We believe there is a reason and purpose for our labor. It is not to work so we can have bigger and better things: houses, cars, bank accounts, toys. Nor is the goal of our career to attain prestige and power. We do not let a job define who we are, nor do we see it as the most important thing we do. It is not how we measure success. Work is a way to make a living, not how to make a life. But we do believe there is a reason and purpose for our jobs.
- It is a way to provide for the needs of our families. We see our jobs as a gift from God that enables us to provide food, clothing, and shelter for those that depend on us.
- Work is a way to honor God and show Jesus. We do not work for our boss, but as if we are working for the Lord. We strive to be honest, dependable, and effective. Our work reputation is not about us, but about how we represent God.
- Income allows us to do things for the sake of the kingdom of God. We are able to help those in our community of faith who have basic needs. It allows us to help others in our town and in our world who do not have the basic necessities of life. We are able to support people who give their lives to telling others about Jesus. We use what God gives us to help others.
Yes, we get tired and sometimes work is a job. But it is never just a job. It has purpose, just like everything in our lives. So if you would like to discuss a different perspective on work… or on life, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the blog discussion at www.hopeforlife.org.
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