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Stewardship at Work

What does this look like in the work place? Concerns like low wages, job insecurity, health care plans, and boredom, failed or strained relationships give most people a feeling of dissatisfaction and un-fulfillment in their work. Because of these frustrations, they may work as little as possible or simply endure their jobs, living for the end of the day or the weekend. Others may take the extreme path and make their work all-consuming becoming workaholics. Some thoughts and scriptures to consider that relate to work.1.  There is real value in honest work. Creative work was part of man’s Original purpose; it did not begin as a result of the fall (Gen. 2:5, 15). The entrance of sin changed the nature of work (Gen. 3:17-19), but it is still more of a blessing than a curse because it develops our potential and provides a creative and productive outlet for us as people made in the image of God. The dignity in work is
seen in the fact that it reflects God’s work in creation (Exod. 20:9-11). Also, nowhere in the bible is it stated that mental work is in a higher category than manual work–the God-Man Himself was a carpenter.

2.  Work is a God-ordained means of assisting Him in providing for our own physical needs and those of others. “Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need” (Eph. 4:28).

3.  Our identity is not determined by our work but by our who God says we are in Christ. Many people define themselves in terms of their job and their performance.

4.  God expects us to work hard, but not to overwork. While slothfulness is condemned in both testaments, it is just as wrong to get so wrapped up in our work that we lose sight of our highest priority to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33).

5.  Stewardship relates not only to our time and talents at work, but also to our time and talents at leisure. It is wise to seek a balance between no rest at all and total passivity. The attitude of working for God rather than for men can make us better stewards of our time and efforts at work. It can overcome the anger and bitterness that comes from working under people who treat us unfairly. “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly” (1 Pet. 2:18-19). Employees are responsible to render service as unto the Lord and to be obedient and faithful in the use of company time (see 1 Tim. 6:1-2). Employers are responsible to treat their people with respect and equity, to pay them a fair wage, and to be sensitive to their needs (see Lev. 19:13; Col. 4:1). Through our work, we can become stewards of God and gifts to our neighbors. In this way, the spiritual dimension is added to the secular; by the grace of God, human tasks take on a new value. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Col. 3:17)

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2 Responses to At Work

  • James Upshur says:

    And by His stripes we are healed. – (Isaiah 53:5) Father God I James Upshur loves you for the Lamb of God Lord Jesus I Bless you, I Love you, I Worship, Praise and Glorify you name. I repent of all my sins please forgive me. I give you my life and all my heart body and mind to you in the Blood of Jesus Christ My Lord and Savior. In the name of Jesus Bless, Guide, Lead and protect me and my family. Amen
    Jesus I need your Help Lamb of God tell the devil to let me go and bless me with a Financial Abundance. I ask for blessings with A Good paying Job and Carpet Cleaning work Thank you father God Lord Jesus if it be your will in Jesus Holy name. Amen

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