June 28, 2017

Work to the Glory of God: A Biblical Work Ethic

Hi everyone, As many of you may know, I started a new (and my first) job this past week. I praise God for his blessings and kindness in providing me this job, in his perfect timing. Today though, I was reminded of an important topic that we often talk about, but may not always consider in a biblical context; I am talking about the idea of a good work ethic and working hard. Many in our culture today are hard workers. They raise the bar, but many have still missed it. Why? Because they are not working to the glory of God.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Some may ask the question, “Why should I work hard?” or “Why does it matter if I just get by?” It matters because we are to do EVERYTHING to the glory of God and as unto the Lord. In my job I am doing a number of different things like setting up for events, doing dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.  Even in those kinds of jobs my desire is (and should be) to do it to bring honor, glory, and praise to Him and do it as if He had ask me to do it himself.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” -Colossians 3:23-24

Some people may not be asking the questions of why they should work hard. Instead, they do but their work is for for their own satisfaction, self-promotion, or glory. Some people may work hard for a promotion, because they need to keep a job, or to get a raise. God requires more of us! As Christians, we should be setting an example of excellence because we desire to do all that we do we do to our God, our Lord, our savior.

I hope this has given you some things to think about. I want to challenge you to do all to His glory! It’s like the catechism says: Q. What is mans’ chief end? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

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