Rethinking Your Job

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized, Work
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Chances are you have used or at the very least heard someone use the phrase, “Thank God it’s Friday.”  In most cases the understood meaning behind this statement is, “Thank God it’s not Monday – Thursday.” On Friday, you are just one day away from the weekend when you are free from the prison you call your job!

82% of the people in a recently survey said they hated their job.  That’s unbelievable!  Another study done by the Princeton Research and Marketing Corporation of Princeton, New Jersey said that between fifty and eighty percent of all Americans are in the wrong career because it doesn’t match their gifts and abilities.

A major problem with this is that job frustration affects every other area of life. When you don’t like your work, it takes a toll on your family life.  It makes it very tempting to come home and snap at your family.

It is my opinion that God never intended it to be this way.  Ecclesiastes 5:18 “Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor.”  The Bible says it is good and proper to find satisfaction in your job. 

Let me just cut to the chase.  Is it possible to come to the end of the day and wonder where all the time went? Is it really possible to find “satisfaction” in your job?  Well, here’s a biblical plan to work on.

1. Reframe your thinking about who you really work for.

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men.”  Circle “working for the Lord not for men.”  He’s saying that no matter where you work or what you do you can do it for the Lord.  Don’t think that the Lord’s work is only done on church property.  You can flip burgers for the Lord.  You can wash cars for the Lord.  Whatever you do it says don’t do it as if you’re doing it for your human boss, do it as if you’re doing it for the Lord. 

2. Re-pattern your work model.

You work with the same attitude as Jesus did.  Mark 10:45 “The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve.”  Jesus had a servant’s attitude. A servant attitude is becoming excited about making your boss successful.  It is about getting excited about making the people around you successful. 

You work like Jesus and you work for the God.  If you do those two things you can expect the third thing.

3.  Expect a reward from God.

A person working for the Lord and working like the Lord, no matter what he or she does, can expect to be rewarded by the Lord.  It is very frustrating to feel like your boss never notices. That’s not the issue.  The issue is does God notice and he’s taking notes.  Colossians 3:24 “Remember that the Lord will reward you [circle that] for Christ is the real master you serve.”

So as a Christian with the right attitude, I gain not only a paycheck but I gain eternal rewards.  I get paid twice in my work.  I get rewards physically — my paycheck.  But I also get the eternal nest egg, the ultimate pension plan, and treasure in heaven.

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  1. Love this! Proverbs 10:22 says “The blessing of the Lord maketh rich and He addeth no sorrow with it.” “No sorrow” can be translated as “no toil…no hard labor.” I can testify to this as an accountant. This past tax season I chose to keep my peace rather than be stressed out just because it was the time of year to be stressed out! I found that I was not having to stay and work late every night (as I have in past years)and for the most part I was working normal hours. (Mind you we had half the workers than previous years as well!) My flesh tried to say “You’re an accountant and you’re supposed to be burning the midnight oil.” But my spirit replied with the scripture above! My business is a blessing, and God added no sorrow to it when he gave it to me! God has a way of adding his “super” to our “natural” making our efficiency at work supernatural! His Word is the origin of the “blessing” and when we are grounded in the Word, we experience the blessing, and part of the blessing is that under the new covenant we don’t have to toil or sweat for our provision. Jesus IS the provision. Our job is just an assignment for a particular season. Woo hooo!

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