Working For God

by - Sunday, September 04, 2016

Lets talk about good old work! Who else loves to put in the hard work without cutting corners? Before I get into it, lets seek the word of God and see what He says about work.

Colossians 3:23-25 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

The main thing here is that we are working as onto the Lord and not humans. What inspired this post is that I have noticed lately that my colleagues have pretty much been telling me that I like to stay late at work, seem very focused and that I should not spend too long at work because I should be “out there”. Working hard is normal to someone that is kingdom minded, but to the world, it is assumed that one has no life outside work if they put the effort or hours in. I have even been called a workaholic, because when people are having their chats, I know how to tune out and focus. Now addiction to anything is bad and I can assure you that I am not addicted to my job. But some of these comments are coming from people who banter for most of the working day and cut corners. However, I do not allow such comments to put me down because I know that God sent me there and I know who I am. I rather celebrate my hard work and proud of it, because I know who I serve. I confidently tell people that hard work is good.

The way I see it, I fasted and prayed for the current role I am in. For those that do not know. I work as a Probation Officer. The brief gist of my role is to support offenders in the community and find ways to identify their reasons for committing crime, in the hope that they will empower themselves to make better future choices to prevent a reoccurrence. At the time, it took me about four months to get the job, because of a long application process. I was working in a retail job that I absolutely hated with all of my strength and I was just relying on God to get me out.

I also had to complete a masters degree, which cost me just over £7,000 which I took out in a loan. I am still paying this back now and this will be complete in a few months. The masters degree took me a year to do and as much as I enjoyed it, it was stressful. So the point I am making is that I worked hard for the job I have now and held on to God as my strength. Now that he gave me what I wanted, I am going to give Him the glory. In doing this, I will work hard for him and make sure that I am doing my best to give His people the best service I can.

Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

We can see that from the beginning of time, work is something that God has valued as important. Without it, we will not be able to fulfill God’s work through us. Think about where you work now, because God can use you at any point. When I was working in retail, I encouraged myself by smiling at customers and having conversations. God taught me that a simple conversation can change the course of someone’s mood, which may positively impact on their day. I used to remind myself that the fact that I do not like my job is not the customer’s fault, so I really should not take it out on them. This guided me though the bad times and reminded me of what was important.

We all have work to do, it is up to us whether we are going to take Church to the people and be a shining light in our workplace, leading others to Christ. We are not called to cut corners, be lazy or spend our time gossiping or eating junk food at work. Let us think about ways that we can encourage one another.

I was having a conversation with my mother and we were saying that, imagine how powerful we would be as a workforce if we were all in one accord at my office. If we all prayed before we started work and were obedient in the body of Christ to do what He has called us to do day-to-day. Imagine the chains that would be broken! But it all starts with us. Be the change that you want to see and you will be surprised what God does.

Right now at my work place we are in a trying time, due to internal changes. This has lead to cuts to resources and staff cuts - to temporary staff. But I continue to smile and remain motivated. Few encourage me and tell me I am inspiring them, while others wonder why I am content in such a climate. Well, it makes a difference when you know you were called for such a time as this and when you are confident in the Lord that you are in that office for a reason.

The other day, a lady asked me why I smile and am calm. She has actually been asking me for a while now. I told her that prayer helps me and that she should try it. I said that God is good with a huge smile. The next day she came back and told me that she prayed and felt a release. My prayer is that she continues to lean on God and release her problems at His feet. One thing I know is that we have jobs and are able to provide for ourselves and others. It is not that bad! So whether people look at me as a fool or someone that has no life, I know who I serve and I know who encourages me to have my work ethic turnt up yo! Jesus!!! So whatever you do, do it with all your heart, because idleness and laziness leads to no cash and the devil’s playground.

Proverbs 6:10-11  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

God bless Beauties,

Rosemary x

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