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Your Work Matters to God

Do you agree with the title of this post?  I’m a pastor, so people seem to assume that my work matters.  But I’ve had others wonder if their work matters.  In preparation for an upcoming college class, I have been reading Your Work Matter to God and was reminded that our work matters whether we are in ministry or not.  I know that all work matters, but the truth is, I don’t think I say it often enough!

God is a working God.  He created the world and continues to work in the world.  He sustains the world and is working on His redemptive plan, so His work continues in the world.

Since we were created in God’s image, we were created for work.  In Genesis 2, God puts man in the midst of the garden and expects him to “cultivate and keep” the garden.  That is, man has a duty to creation to maintain and improve it.  That duty is still in effect today.  We have a role in this world to maintain and improve it.  Thus, when we go to work, we are doing  just what we were designed to do.  And it gives glory to God.

Unfortunately, sin has been brought into the world – by Adam, and we continue it.  That has made work harder in may ways.  One of the effects of this sin was a new difficulty in work.  I’m sure you’ve experienced it – work can be overly challenging, frustrating, subject to the whims of the economy, and we all wrong people and are wronged ourselves.  Work is broken.  It’s aggravating.

But when we put our faith in Christ, our relationship with God is repaired and He remakes us in the image of Jesus.  When this happens, work can once again be what it was intended.  It will never be perfect in this world, but we can give God glory when we work.

It doesn’t matter what we do; we may be in ministry, or engineers, or working in a factory.  Whatever we do, we can do it for God’s glory.  We were intended to work.  Our work matters to God and can give glory to Him.  So let’s work as if we are working for God, because we are.

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  1. April 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    i fully agree with the title, although i also fully admit i rarely think about it that way. often times “work is work” and i can’t wait to get out of there. but today this made me think more about it. i think every minute you’re a witness to Christ in the way you live, even at work. and it’s something to definitely be aware of.

  2. jlemke
    May 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

    It’s even easier to see how your work matters than to see it in some other jobs. For some jobs, the impact on society is not immediately apparent – an engineer may draw blueprints but not ever see the finished product, a factory worker may put bolts in a car but not ever see who buys the car. But every day you make a difference to a bunch of people who are fairly helpless and needy.

  3. May 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    this is true. and i do see that on almost a daily basis. and that is one of the things i actually do like about that job. its nice to see that i can make a difference in one of their days from time to time.

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