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Today’s Truth

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

Romans 12:11

Friend to Friend

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 a while.” Now that is what I call a heavenly perspective of an earthly job.

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,

Amen.

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?

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9 Responses to “Help! My Job is Killing Me!”

  1. Sherri says:

    Praise God!!! Such a needed lesson this morning.

  2. Heather says:

    But if my purpose is to show God’s love to others, how do I discern when it’s time to move on to a new job? The stress of unrealistic and overwhelming expectations is affecting my mental and physical health. I’m praying to discern God’s will for me.

  3. Angela says:

    I need to hear more every day, I have some touching up to do

  4. Rene says:

    This devotional today was food for a hungry soul. It spoke so much to my heart and was so needed. God called me last year to leave my job it was a big step of faith as it was a large part of our income. Reading this passage this morning just reaffirmed I am on the right path. I thank God for your ministry and have prayed for you today that you will continue to be blessed and hear the message that God has given you to present to the world

  5. Emmy says:

    I have been struggling with the job I am at and the crazy amount of stress it brings on me. I have made it a mission field and others know that I am not “normal”. I just need to find the courage, strength, and words to confront my boss about using the Lords name in vain. It hurts so bad to hear it and I just don’t know how to put a stop to it. This is just a small portion of what I put up with and he claims to be a Christian and know the Lord. It is just so hard to stay positive in such a harsh environment. Lord, give me the strength for another day!

  6. maria says:

    hank you for all the lessons and scriptures you teach me .
    It helps me how to apply it everyday is a struggle and my heart need to change for God every moment.
    Thank you i appreciate it.
    Please pray for my divorce i have 2 children with him and its been a struggle. married for 21 years and now separated. please pray for me to help my children financially
    who is about to go to college and a high school I need help in prayers .
    with finnace and , spirutally raising them to be disciples in christ . please continue to pray for me.
    have a great day.
    Maria Santiago-Smith

  7. Sue says:

    I am retired now from many years in the workplace, yet I find this applied to me as well.
    My main job now is in taking care of my husband, who has been ill for a number of years.
    Although I love him dearly, I often find myself getting irritated at him for the smallest things. This was a good reminder for me that God puts us exactly where we need to be and that, in serving others, we are also serving Him. And HOW we serve is as important as what we actually do. Thank you and God bless you!

  8. julie says:

    these are always great daily devotions for every weekday, but my question is what if you cant/dont work? (disabled/stay at home wife/foster mom (even though for right now there is no kids placed with us?]. how should we answer these?

  9. Sarah says:

    I am so thankful to God and you for this article. It is so helpful and encouraging to me. Thank you!

    Sarah

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