Work! It is a past time that every adult knows all to well. It comprises most of our day and awards us with a paycheck to spend how we best see fit. Work, on some occasions, defines who we are. It can also determine how other people view us.
So when you think about work what is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you immediately think about how much you like, or dislike, your current job? Is there a hint of sarcasm or annoyance? Do you think about your co-workers? Or perhaps a past job that you really loved? When you think about work do you think about God, and how what you are doing can be honoring to Him?
In the Old Testament writings the authors expressed this idea of work is several ways. In the original language the Greek word for work is ‘Abad, and it simply meant to work, serve, or labor.
The KJV Old Testament Greek Lexicon
Strong’s Number: 05647
- to work, serve
- to labor
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15, NIV Emphasis Mine)
The earliest reference of work by man in the Old Testament comes the minute he is placed in the Garden of Eden. He has been given a position of authority and granted the task of taking care of the creation that God has made. Work, in this sense, is not a task that Adam fights and dreads, but is one that he accepts as a gift from God. It is done is service and obedience to God.
Work, however, is not simply viewed in the sense that we relate to it today. Work is more than a job, it is an act of worship before the Lord.
“Fear the Lord your God, serve Him only and take your oaths in His name.” (Deuteronomy 6:13, NIV Emphasis Mine)
“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness.” (Psalm 100:2, ESV Emphasis Mine)
When we serve something, we honor it and give it our undivided attention. When a Christian serves the Lord they must be sure to bring glory to God and not themselves. We are to focus our attention solely on God alone.
Worship is a ministry of service before the Lord.
We are called to be Christ’s representatives before a lost and broken world. We are called to worship God in all circumstances and locations. When we serve God by being faithful, honest, and diligent in our jobs we can have a dramatic impact on our families, friends, and co-workers.
When you work, work for the glory and honor of God! Be a beacon of Hope in your place of employment. View your job as a place of ministry! Let others take notice, and always be pointing to the Lord above.