LGD 082: Work and Purpose

Group praying over an empty concrete slab in Mexico

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As we prepare for the Labor Day holiday this weekend, we are going to spend today and tomorrow exploring work and it’s meaning for each of us.

Group praying over an empty concrete slab in Mexico
Photo by Dave Anthold (2019) – Ensenada, Mexico

Work is important. For the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs over the past few months, they understand the importance of work.

Work provides for families. It helps us define our path in life, and it gives us focus.

This year, I celebrated my 20 year service anniversary with my company. When I started at the company, it was to be for a short time while I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Armed with a Sociology degree, I never imagined my life would lead me to a career in Facilities or a passion for workplace research. However, that’s what I have come to love.

Paul says,

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Colossians 3:23

When we place our focus on serving the Lord in our workplaces, our work takes on purpose and meaning. Yes, it’s great to get a paycheck and provide for our families.

Wherever we find ourselves, Paul says we should work as though working for the Lord and not man. It is hard to work when the stress of our jobs surrounds us.

Deadlines, meetings, projects, budgets, and the list continues. If you manage people, how do you care for them? How do you help them become better at what they do?

If we let work define us to the point of accomplishments and accolades only, we lose sight of what God intended.

He wants us to view our work as service. When we support each other and come alongside one another, we embody this scripture passage.

Let your light shine before others so they will see your good work and praise the Father in heaven. When we do good work, we point people to God.

Let your work point people to Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of work. Thank you for entrusting us to do work here on earth. Help me to do good work so people may see more of you and less of me. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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