Work – A Calling Or A Curse?

May 14, 2008

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men;” – Colossians 3:23

Do you see work as a calling or a curse? Is your only reason for working to make a living, or do you live for your work? Is your work drudgery or fulfilling, monotonous or challenging? One thing is certain, it was never meant by God to be a curse. He invented it.

When man was placed in the Garden at the beginning of time, God told him to care for it and cultivate it. Obviously, that called for work. After man sinned, God said work would be harder, but He still meant it for good.

So how can we have a healthy view of work?

Listen to the words of Scripture: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” When we adopt that view, no matter how difficult, monotonous, or challenging the work, our motivation changes. To work heartily to please God is the key to finding meaning in work.

Whatever you are, be it a plumber or a president, a carpenter or a teacher, a janitor or CEO, see your work as a calling and a privilege to serve God by doing your best.