By Alisa Techakamonsuk, Bethel Seminary San Diego
God has invited us to be part of His work and His calling. Kingdom building is not just about our salvation, but it includes allowing God to work through us to make an impact in our society and to care about social justice. We are called to be salt and light in this world. We are to work with God in our workplace for whatever we do, we do it for Him. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Everything we do matters and it also matters to God.
Work is not a curse; it is a gift from God. He gave this gift of work to Adam in Eden when God commissioned him to subdue the earth. Adam enjoyed working for the Lord in His garden. According Genesis 1 Adam was blessed. Adam is an example of what God has called all of us to do to build His Kingdom on earth.
Work is also a gift for us to enjoy. When we do a good job at our profession, our example may help others come to Christ (Sherman, Kingdom Calling, p.102). I try to find joy wherever I work. Since I work with non-believers it especially important to have a good attitude. I used to work at restaurants, where none of my co-workers were believers and most of my customers were also non-believers. The restaurant business is a very difficult place because there are many demands to meet. Trying to keep customers happy and to work peacefully with the rest of the staff takes a lot of grace and patience.
As I spent time learning more from the Scriptures, it was a great source to help me to have more joy and peace at work. I keep reminding myself that God created and loves the non-believers just as much as He loves me. When disgraceful customers show up, I often pray and invite the Lord to help me and work with through me. My co-worker will ask me to serve some difficult customers and with His help the work went well. I didn’t do anything except invite the Lord into the situation. My perspective now is that when I work I think it is a time to feed some special children (of God). It also has become an opportunity for me to tell my co-workers that I prayed for God to work with that customer and He did. I do not have to say much besides that because the result of how the difficult customer acted differently is obvious to them and I gave God the credit as answered prayer. I work hard on the side job site. I always work extra jobs that are not part of my responsibility, and I do it to help out so that all of us can go home early. I don’t mind doing a good job because I am not working for the boss. I am working for the Lord.
Our work does matter to the Lord for wherever we are and whatever work we do He is with us. He is the one that put us in the position that we are in to work for His purposes. I was trained by the Lord for many years before He moved me to the new job at church. Sunday is not the only day we worship God and work for Him in the church ministry. God equipped us with gifts, talents, and strength to do the work He planned for us. He puts the passion in us to love and finish the work well.
Sometimes it is even harder when I work with church people in the ministry. God also provides me passion and joy so that I can work well there also. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…. For you serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24b). I often remind myself that Jesus is standing there, and He is the one who has equipped me to work on whatever I have to do. This should be the mentality of how Christians should live their daily lives. Would it help us to approach the job with more joy? What would happen to our community when we approach our work with a joyful heart? What if we live for the Lord and we die for the Lord? The apostle Paul said, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8). We can enjoy our work and live for Him when we believe this way.
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