Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.  Colossians 3:23-25, The Message

God says that whatever it is that takes up most of your time every week—what you call your work--matters to Him. In fact, He tells us, in this verse and others, that we are actually working for Him, and He will reward us.

           When we do our work for the Lord, we are worshipping God. Have you ever thought of your work as worship to God? Why not? In the Garden of Eden, before man sinned, he was given work to do. It is an important part of our life. God made us to enjoy being creative and resourceful.

            Now you may be thinking that you would enjoy your work if your job were creative and resourceful! Why not pray about it? Why not ask God to show you how to do your work, how it can be more of a source of satisfaction. After all, in this verse, He says that He is our boss. A good leader instructs those under him.

            Many of us think of our work as insignificant. We don’t get the appreciation and affirmation that we deserve. We may feel that what we do is mundane and unimportant—or we don’t see immediate results, so it is hard to feel that it matters. (Parenting, for example, is something that you know in your head is significant, but when you have spent the day breaking up squabbles and cleaning up messes, it’s hard to believe that it is important work.)

            How can you do your work as worship? I’ve asked people lately. The answers were interesting: 1) Picture Jesus as you serve. 2) Remember that wherever you are, God is with there in you. That makes what you do sacred.

And one of my clients, a 27-year-old country boy, when I asked how would he do his work if he were doing it for God, paused for a long time, and then said: I guess it means to be as pure as I can be. Wow. I’ll think on that one for a while.

   **Do you see your work as worship? Why or why not?

   **What would you change if you went to work being “as pure as you can be”?

God, as I do my work today, create in me a pure heart. Your presence is with me. I speak Your peace, Your grace, and Your perfect order into the atmosphere of my home, my office, and my car. I acknowledge Your lordship over all that will be spoken, thought, decided and accomplished. And even in this day’s most stressful moments, may I rest in You. In the mighty name that is above all names, Jesus.

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