Seven Ways to Glorify God in Your Work | Part 1

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Today we celebrate Labor Day, a day that marks the end of summer and the wearing of white attire. Mainly, though, it is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of our great country. On Sunday, I preached a message entitled, “Seven Ways to Glorify God in Your Work.” God willing, I will take the next seven days and write short posts about each one of those points. 

Work is part of God’s good, original design for the world; He gave us the blessing of labor before ‘The Fall of Man.’ “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). It was after ‘The Fall’ that work became sweaty, frustrating, and back-breaking. As difficult as it may be, work (post-Fall) is still a blessing and something that the Lord has sanctioned. 

In Colossians 3, Paul admonishes the servant workers who are part of the church in Colossae: “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 (v. 23, 24). We can apply Paul’s appeal to our work today. How can we work “as unto the Lord” in our places of employment? Perhaps a better way to phrase the question is, “How can we glorify God in our work?”. That is the question I want to address over the next seven days. 

 

Seven Ways to Glorify God in Your Work

 

#1: Cling to Your Identity in Christ 

People often attempt to find their identity in their employment; their sense of self is wrapped up in what they do for a living. It is essential, however, to realize that as a follower of Jesus, your identity is in Christ alone (Philippians 1:21, Gal. 2:20). Attempting to find your identity in anyone or anything else will be soul-crushing.

 

If you attempt to find your identity in your work, you will never experience any level of emotional or spiritual stability. 

If you derive your identity and self-worth from your career, you cannot possibly experience any level of emotional or spiritual stability. If things are going well at work, you will feel good about yourself and experience some level of worth and security. But, when sales plummet, production is down, or goals are not met, your sense of self-worth, happiness, and security will quickly fade. 

Unfavorable circumstances at work or, God forbid, job loss can be life-crushing for the person whose identity is wrapped up in their career. It is appropriate for Christians to care about their jobs and to experience disappointment when things do not go well; however, those circumstances should not cause believers to move to a place of utter despair. Why? Because the believer finds their identity in Jesus Christ alone, the One who never changes (Hebrews 13:8). 

 

If you find your identity in your work, you will never be satisfied. 

As I mentioned earlier, work is part of God’s good creation; it is meant to bless us and bring us joy. However, work makes a lousy god. If you find your identity in your profession, your career will become an idol, and it will never satisfy your heart. It can’t. 

If you idolize your profession, you will plan every other part of your life around your job, including spiritual disciplines. You will plan Bible reading, prayer, and church around your work tasks. The Bible calls believers to seek the Kingdom of God first. He will NOT play second fiddle to anyone or anything. 

When you prioritize your work over your relationship with Jesus, no position or amount of success will ever be enough. You will always reach for the next promotion, sale, or production goal to satisfy your heart. It never will. It can’t. 

To glorify God in your career:

  1. Work diligently as unto the Lord.
  2. Value your job, but treasure Jesus above all things.
  3. Find your identity in Him. He alone will satisfy your heart. 

Enjoy your day off!