God’s Will in the Workplace

God's Will in the Workplace by Jim and Elizabeth George

Over the years, people have often asked me how they could “know” God’s will for their career. They thought if they had that answer, they would get a much clearer perspective on their jobs and their direction in life.

I tell them God’s will regarding their work isn’t some mystical revelation they have to hunt for. Rather, it’s spelled out clearly in the Bible: “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23), and “Be obedient to those who are your masters… not… as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ” (Ephesians 6:5-6). When you see this as God’s will for your job, it will transform your attitude in the workplace-and have an incredibly positive impact on everyone around you.

In my life I have had many “callings.” One of those included being called into the ministry. But, like the apostle Paul, who was both a missionary and a tentmaker, I also provided for my family as a pharmacist, an Army reservist, a pharmaceutical salesman, and a pastor. I viewed all of these as callings from God.

Long before the first bite of fruit by Adam and Eve, we witness God at work in the creation of the universe. In Genesis 1:1, we meet God punching the time clock, so to speak, as a worker: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Finally, when the work was completed, on the seventh day God “rested from all His work which [He] had created and made” (Genesis 2:3).

After Adam and Eve were created, God told them to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). That sounds like work to me!

God created us, both men and women, to be workers. He knows that our physical and mental makeup thrives on work and creativity. You can go to work with an attitude that says, “What can I put into this organization or job?” This attitude seeks to make the organization better, cultivating a healthy work environment in which others are helped to live more satisfying lives. If that is your goal, then you will bring glory to God by fulfilling the role of a hardworking, Christian servant, the role to which the Lord has called you.

RESPOND:

God, I know that by seeking You and working hard, I can be confident that I’m in Your will. I choose to work heartily and honor my “masters” - because I honor You, my ultimate Master. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES:

The Man Who Makes A Difference: 10 Keys to a Life of Impact by Jim George - Readers will experience true fulfillment as they take steps toward making a difference in the workplace, at home, at church, and in their community.

REFLECT:

Am I working hard at my current job, and treating it like my calling? How can I help others in my workplace?

REMEMBER:

Go to work with the attitude that asks, “What can I put into this organization or job?”


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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