Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The whole reason

I heard a quote Monday night at dedication dinner (a Chick-fil-A thing where you dedicate your business to the Lord and the "baton" is passed from corporate to the operator and ultimately they employees. Very cool.) that said "the whole reason for my life at work is to show that God is at work in my life." I thought about that for a minute and began to wonder. 

I wrote a series of mentor sessions and one of the last ones was about glorifying God with our work. It said, "most believers see work as a means to an end of glorifying God-with their income or their time-rather than a way to glorify Him daily." I continued thinking...and wondering. 

And finally, I follow Jon Acuff, who blogs often about going after your dream as a way to honor God. More thoughts came from this idea. 

Genesis 2:15-16 tell us that God put Adam to work in the garden-before sin and the fall of man. 

All four of these concept have led me to see work in a different light than I had been. Is work something I do to advance myself or to advance the Kingdom? Is it a means to an end for me? I know we are told to "do everything we do to the glory of God," but what does that entail in the day-to-day? In the work that I do now-substitute teaching and CFA Grand Opening Training, am I glorifying God? 

To me, that means am I doing everything to the absolute best of my ability? Am I living like Jesus so others see somwtgibg different in me? Am I being a good steward of the time and money I have been entrusted with? 

What is your reason for working? Is it to provide, to develop, to be able to do ____? Or is the whole reason of your life at work to show others that God is at work in your life?

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