Today’s Truth

Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically

(Romans 12:11, NLT).

Friend to Friend

God uses our work as one of His tools to mold us into who He wants us to be. Stress comes when we view our job as our main life mission. It isn’t. It is the God-given opportunity to provide the tools we need to accomplish our life mission.

The apostle Paul writes, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love” (Acts 20:24, LB).

Paul worked as a tentmaker, a church planter, and an author. His purpose never changed, but his work certainly did. Many of us do not need a different job. We just need a different attitude and a new point of view about the job we have.

How do we make that happen?

Start by envisioning Jesus standing in the midst of your work place as your real boss. Then look for the life lessons God provides through your work.

God uses our work to teach us responsibility. Meeting deadlines, completing assigned tasks with excellence, showing respect for co-workers (even the abrasive ones) and working without supervision are all valuable life lessons learned on the job. When we try to cut corners, stress steps in and wreaks havoc in our attitude about work.

God uses people at work to teach us valuable lessons about relationships. Cooperation, fairness, flexibility, humility, and patience are relationship skills of a successful worker. Stress comes when we stray from the guidelines God gives us for godly relationships. Our workplace is not only one of our God-ordained mission fields, but it is also a classroom for learning to love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable. You may very well be the only sermon your co-workers ever hear.

God uses our work to teach us how to serve. The way we serve God is by serving others. God wants us to grow spiritually at work by becoming a servant to those with whom we work. It is easy to serve the people who sit beside us in a worship service each Sunday, but a real servant serves on the job … every single day. God asks us to accept others unconditionally, encourage other continually, forgive others freely, and help others willingly.

Attitudes never sit still. They constantly move and change.

An attitude is a pattern of thinking and a filter through which we view life.

We can choose to be honest about our attitude at work, and we can choose to change our attitude about work, but most importantly, we can choose to pray for God’s attitude about our work. When we can’t change our attitude, the One who lives in us can. He can give us His attitude. Exchanging our attitude for His always eliminates stress.

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank You for Your provision through my job. I praise You for the opportunity to serve You and others through my work. Let me see those in need and reach out to them in Your name.

In Jesus’ name,


Now it’s your Turn

Consider the ways God uses your job to teach you the valuable life lessons listed below. List specific work circumstances and the lessons you learned in each one. Examine your attitude about your work for any changes that need to be made. Record those changes below.

God uses my work to teach me responsibility. _________________________________

God uses people at work to teach me about relationships. _______________________

God uses my work to teach me how to serve. _________________________________

Consider the following questions:

Do the people I work with see Christ in me?

Do they even know I am a Christian?

What changes do I need to make in order to point my co-workers to Christ?

More from the Girlfriends

I recently stopped at a local discount store to pick up a few things. When I went to check out, the cashier looked very familiar. He must have seen the question in my eyes because he smiled and said, “It’s good to see you, Mrs. Southerland.” When I heard his voice, I immediately recognized him as the manager of a local grocery store where I frequently shopped. Before I could say one word, he explained, “I lost my job at the grocery store. Evidently, I needed to change mission fields for awhile.” Now that is what I call a heavenly perspective of an earthly job.

Need help? Check out Mary’s E-Bible Study, God’s Answer to Stress, for practical steps you can take to strengthen your faith and eliminate stress in your daily life.

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3 Responses to “I Love My Job … Really!”

  1. Mary says:

    Last week, I was offered a job position at another place with more pay and higher position. After a woman’s retreat this weekend, the Lord told me,He will lead me to the right path. So this morning, I told my friend whom offered me the position, I was going to pass. second doubting my choice,”What if I read the verse wrong that the Lord spoke to me in” I come to read today’s devotion and its confirm, I don’t have to change jobs to have my lord shine thru me.

  2. Nicky says:

    Thank you SO much for this message. I work in a very demanding, stressful position and often am consumed day and night of worry. Am i doing a good enough job, what will people think. instead of where is the Lord taking me, will He be pleased.
    Often worry of my job, pressure to succeed and impress, make more money, leads me to neglect the most important things in life. My husband, my kids my sanity.

    Thank you for the reminder and the assurance that God is always the purpose for life and with that we fulfill our purpose in life.

  3. Karen says:

    Some advice for folks whose job causes worry, but your job is working in a church? I serve in a non-rostered position and I truly feel I was called to serve (work for a paycheck) in a church. Getting paid to do what you feel God is calling you to do seems like a total win-win, right? Except when it isn’t. When I was a disciple serving in a church, not being paid, it seemed I was more connected and fulfilled. Anyone out there in a similar situation and how do you deal with it? Thank you for your post though, I still think I’m in the right place, just finding it hard to manage some days.

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