Pastor Mike's thoughts

Thoughts on today's Christian world and how it fits into secular society.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

How do we look at our work?

We’re back! Well, sort of. Our phone lines still aren’t fixed completely, but at least we have some use now. The wonderful SBC said that the repairman would be here between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.. Nothing like having to wait around for a day, haha. But as we sit here wondering when they’ll ever show up, it makes me think more and more about our jobs and how we look at them. I’m getting impatient for our repairman to come because we want to use our phone. However, I also have to stop and think about this poor guy who is working in the hottest part of the day who is sure that he’ll get an earful when he arrives. I think well surprise him with a prayer instead… After all, he’s out there trying to make a living to,

Psalms 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands.

Many of us begin our careers with the goal of achieving success. If we haven't entered our work as a result of God's calling, we’ll eventually face a chasm of deep frustration and emptiness. Success flatters but does not provide a lasting sense of purpose and fulfillment. So often we enter careers with wrong motives-money, prestige, and even pressure from parents or peers. Failing to match our work with our gifts and calling is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. If that happens over an extended period, a person crashes.

At this time, many make another mistake. Businesspeople think that beginning a new career in "full-time Christian work" will fill the emptiness they feel. But, this only makes the problem worse because they are again trying to put another square peg into a round hole. The problem is not whether we should be in "Christian work" or "secular work," but rather what work is inspired by gifts and calling. If there is one phrase I wish I could remove from the English language it is "full-time Christian work." If you are a Christian, you are in full-time Christian work, whether you are driving nails or preaching the gospel. The question must be are you performing the God-given calling for your life? God has called people into business to fulfill His purposes just as much as He’s called people to be pastors or missionaries.

It's time for businesspeople to stop feeling like second-class citizens for being in business. It is time businesspeople stop working toward financial independence so that they can concentrate on their "true spiritual calling." This is the great deception for those called to business.

Significance comes from fulfilling the God-given purpose for which you were made. Ask Him to confirm this in your own life.

Praying for your work today,
Pastor Mike


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