Many of us consider our job as a means to an end. A paycheck – a way to pay the bills and fund our occasional shopping. However, God intended more than mere survival for his people. He created us to prosper and wants us to be fulfilled as we glorify Him. He desires for us to work and care for all that He has given us. In Genesis 2:15 we see that God put Adam into the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it; Adam and Eve would look after what God had created. Work is not a necessary evil nor is it a means to an end, it is a gift from God. The fact that we are capable of working in the first place is a blessing.
So as we face the Monday after a long weekend with our friends and family, let’s remember that Thanksgiving isn’t over. We should challenge ourselves to look at our work today with gratitude and purpose. Recalling to mind that God created us to be stewards of His gifts and our work is a gift. To me, there is great significance and peace in knowing that the Creator has made us with a specific purpose and everyday I am given an opportunity to fulfill that purpose.
The first step to finding fulfillment in our work is to put it in a Biblical perspective. Our challenge is to look at why we have the jobs we have and what is the reason that God has placed us there. This takes opening our eyes and sometimes seeing things with a new perspective. Think about it from God’s point of view. Like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, God has placed us where we are for a purpose. Whether we are stay at home moms (or dads), corporate executives, administrative assistants, entrepreneurs, or technicians, we are meant to use every unique talent and gift He has given us for His honor and glory. We are purposed to fulfill our calling in life.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1