PASTOR'S PEN: Your work matters

It’s easy to look at someone in a ministry position, like pastor or missionary, and say, “They are doing the work of God.” But, frankly, most people aren’t in one of those ministry positions. Most people are short order cooks, farmers, daycare workers, carpenters, teachers, mechanics, retail employees, factory workers, etc. And when you’re working one of those jobs you may wonder, "What does this have to do with the kingdom of God?." I would suggest that it has a lot to do with it.

God has given you abilities to use for His glory and honor. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God." God didn’t say this just to pastors and missionaries, but to everyone who is a follower of Christ. We do our work, not to bring glory to ourselves, but to bring glory to the God who gives us the ability to do that work.

It also leads right into the next point, God expects you do your best. Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” We’re to work “heartily." This means you put everything into it. You don’t do a haphazard or sloppy job. You do your very best with a positive attitude.

My dad is a carpenter, one of the finest in his field. He wants whatever project he is doing to be as close to perfect as possible. He will measure and level and get the best parts for the job. He makes certain that whether he’s building little elves on a ladder for my mom or a house for a new couple that the job is done right. We must each do the same. If you are supposed to write a 10 page paper, do your research and put out the best paper you can. If you are supposed to clean the toilets in the public restroom, make them sparkle. The name ‘Christian’ should reflect one who sees work to be done and does it without having to be asked and does all of their work with premium quality effort.

Work hard, doing “all things without grumbling or complaining” (Philippians 2:14) and honor God through your work in such a way “that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Your job may seem minor, but the way you do it is eternal.