Word for Work - Saved from Works to Work
This message is most trustworthy, and concerning these things I want you to insist steadfastly, so that those who have believed in (trusted in, relied on) God may be careful to apply themselves to honourable occupations and to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent and right [in themselves], but [they are] good and profitable for the people – Titus 3:8 AMPC
Oh the joys of good work! It is rewarding and exhilarating when you have done a good day’s work, full of its own challenges, twists and turns, but done nonetheless. The meetings, the deadlines, the mundane tasks, the objectives and KPIs, the targets and goals; the colleagues and line managers, the clients, contractors and stakeholders… all the elements that make up work. We take it on board and brace ourselves for the impact it makes on us and the impact we seek to make on the world through our work.
But, did you know there is a type of work we should never be found doing?
It is our own works of righteousness. This is work that stems from trying to make an impression on God, trying to gain points and merits, trying to win favours and approval from God.
We cannot earn God’s favour by doing the right things. We do the right things because we have God’s favour. That we have God’s favour is because we are in Christ Jesus.
We are in Christ Jesus because we have received the work He did on the Cross, dying as a sinless sacrifice; and we have appropriated His sinlessness and righteousness for ourselves. In this way we are made righteous completely by the work of Jesus Christ. Moreover, it is a complete work. It is finished.
So how do we respond?
By doing good works that are motivated by gratitude and love for God. He enables us to do it. It is not by our effort. It is by His grace.
Leading or attending a Christian Workplace Group is a work of gratitude to God and a service of love to your colleagues in the workplace. It flows from your heart as a beneficiary of the grace and goodness of God. It is the natural and appropriate response of a thankful heart.
This also enables you to see your work not as a career but as a calling. God put you there for a purpose. In seeking to live out that purpose you do it with all your heart. You do it with a sense of destiny. That is whether you feel your job is a permanent appointment or not – you may just be passing through. However, every place you find yourself as a true believer is purposed by God. So find the higher purpose and start to live out your faith at work with passion. Bring your whole self to work. Be alert and vigilant to seize opportunities to let the light of the Gospel shine. Let God’s light, life and love shine through, no matter the circumstance. Yes, sometimes it requires brute fortitude, perseverance and endurance, but with God’s help and strength you can overcome any obstacle and/or endure any persecution. Love always wins in the end. Pray for the situation; and get others to pray for you. Transform Work UK has a Pastoral and Prayer Lead to help with any such needs. See: www.transformworkuk.org/Prayer
Rev Marcus Nodder said about work:
Work is a good gift
Work is a godliness challenge
Work is a gospel opportunity
Work can be a grind
Work is not god.
How do you see your work? Hopefully, it is not your god; nor is it too much of a grind.
God gave us work to prepare us for eternity. There was work in the heavenly atmosphere of the garden of Eden. And there will be work in heaven!
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Genesis 2:15 NKJV
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, and their works follow them.” Revelation 14:13 NKJV
Our earthly work requires dedication and hard work. Success in God’s eyes is very different from what we think. Vince Lombardi says it well:
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Therefore, give yourself to your work with diligence and renewed passion.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV