How many times have we found ourselves saying, “I wish it were Friday”? The idea of waking up without setting an alarm or worrying about the demands of our job is tempting. However, the purpose of work was never meant to be something we are forced to endure. God created work and has designed it to fulfill His purpose, enrich the lives of others, and so much more. In Ecclesiastes, we learn several ways that God intended work for our lives.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13: I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God
First, we should consider work as a gift from God. When was the last time you viewed your job as a gift from God? When we view our job as a gift instead of a necessary evil, our attitude shifts in a positive way. This change in perspective can make all the difference and allow us to approach work in a healthier way. Secondly, work allows us to live out God’s purpose for our lives, by utilizing the gifts and talents He provided us with. When we find purpose in our work, we find more meaning in life. Lastly, work was created to complete our faith. In James 2:26, scripture says “that Faith without deeds is dead”. Our work is a true testament to what we believe.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
Work is a gift from God, and therefore, I pray that I maintain a positive attitude and find meaning in my work. Regardless of the task, I pray that I use this opportunity to glorify You. Lord, I pray that You also give me the strength to be diligent and operate with the spirit of excellence in everything I do. I pray that my work aligns with my faith and reflects who You are.