It can be difficult to go back to work after a holiday. It can be even more challenging, when you don’t particularly care for your job and/or place of employment. I recently read some alarming statistics that suggest as high at two-thirds of people are disengaged at their jobs. So today, I want to share three reasons why your work matters.
To provide for your basic needs. Probably the most obvious reason we go to work is because we have bills to pay. I once read a bumper sticker that said, “I owe. I owe, so it’s off to work I go.” The Bible says it best in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule, if a man will not work, he shall not eat.” The truth of the matter is most of us go to work out of necessity.
To develop your character. Like it or not, those colleagues that get on your last nerves are often sent into your life by God to develop your patience. God will often use a challenging work environment to teach you how to keep calm under pressure. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble and genital; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” It certainly takes some Christian love to deal with some co-workers. Always remember, it’s not just about what you’re “earning” but also about what you’re “learning.”
To witness to others. You are the only Bible some people will ever read. Therefore, God strategically places you behind enemy lines for the cause of Christ. So, use your work ethic to validate your faith. Matthew 5:16 says it best, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Let your co-workers see Jesus in the way you behave on your job.
It can be difficult to return to work after a holiday. But remember, you are working to provide for your basic needs, develop your character, and to witness to others. It’s more than a job that you’re going to everyday. It is a kingdom assignment.
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.