She works with eager hands (Proverbs 31:13b NIV).
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I have had many jobs over the years. I started babysitting when I was twelve years old. In high school, I worked in a clothing store, as an aid for my choral director, and as a recruiter for an employment agency. In college, I was a secretary for the president of our social science honors program and often gave tours to visiting dignitaries. Some jobs I liked more than others but working in an insurance office when my husband attended seminary was my least favorite of all.
Our attitude about our work will determine the success of our work. No job is perfect, and no workplace is always wonderful, but we can learn to choose our inner attitude about our work regardless of the outer circumstances of our workplace. Like this woman, we can learn to train our heart and choose our attitude about our work.
The author of Ecclesiastes 2:10 writes, “My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.” Joy in work can be found when we look for it. The Proverbs 31 woman chose an attitude that guaranteed success in her work. The right attitude in any workplace is to view our work as an act of worship to God. This woman’s workplace was an altar upon which she laid her best efforts as an offering of praise.
The story is told of three men who were working on a large building project. “What are you doing?” one of the men was asked. “I’m mixing mortar,” he responded. The second man said, “I’m helping put up this great stone wall.” When the third man was asked, he replied, “I’m building a cathedral to the glory of God.”
We need to understand that what gives work eternal value and makes it successful is not the product or service we offer; it is doing the job faithfully to the glory of God. It doesn’t matter if you close a million-dollar deal or do a million loads of laundry. If you do it unto God as part of your life worship of Him, you are a success.
The apostle Paul was a very successful man whose work ethic is made clear in Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Every customer you serve or every child you hug, every toilet you clean or every deal you close can be an act of worship when it is done for the glory of God.
A survey by the Families and Work Institute found that 70 percent of people in the United States often dream about doing something different for a living. Is finding a different occupation always the solution to job satisfaction, or could the key to successful work be discovering a new approach to the work we already do?
Twice in Colossians 3, Paul used the phrase “whatever you do” as a call for wholehearted service to the Lord. A wholehearted effort is difficult when working for a critical, ungrateful boss. Minimum effort then becomes a response that certainly seems justified under the circumstances. However, when our work is done for Christ and we view Him as our supervisor, we will strive to do our best all of the time.
The boss may sign the paycheck, but the Savior issues our reward. Obviously, it’s not wrong to seek work that fits our skills and interests, but it is pointless to move from one job to another without first settling the issue of who it is that we truly are serving in the workplace. Daily work takes on eternal significance when it is done for God.
Father, thank You for the job You have given me. Please help me honor You with the work I do and the attitude with which I do it. Let me see my co-workers as people You have placed in my path to love with Your love. Today, I surrender my job to You, Lord.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Are you willing to do whatever God asks you to do? Step out in faith and ask God to help you see your workplace as an altar of worship and praise to Him.
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Arlene, how about those Sandpaper people!
This reminded me to look at the chores around my home as reminders of all of the blessings that God has given me.
Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. As my alarm blared this morning like so many I had Monday morning dreads. I’ve been praying about my job, contemplating change. You see, my boss is one of those sandpaper people. He curses, screams, throws tantrums and is un-ethical. So, thank you for this devotion, and the reminder that my job is blessing from God. I will continue to pray for my boss and praise God for my Job.
I really want to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman. (Don’t we all?). But as a stay at home mom I often forget who I’m really working for. I need to remind myself of this often.
What a Blessing of encouagement to use the time I spend on the job, as a platform to serve my God!
My job as a school bus driver can be grueling these days!
A ton of responsibility as well as cameras all over continually. I love my kids & care for them and their safety deeply. Why not take it the extra step & share how much I love Jesus? They trust me, so allow God to work through me🙏🏼