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God Loves the Work of Your Hands

“Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

– 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12

Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus had already lived 30 out of His 33 years before He went into vocational ministry? The Messiah spent the first part of His life as what the Bible calls a technoy, or a builder or maker. Though we’ve traditionally thought of His trade as that of carpenter, and He probably did work with wood, He may also have worked with stone and metal. Regardless of the specific job description, we know that Jesus obediently and patiently labored with His hands until the time God called Him to enter public ministry. While what Jesus did may not have seemed significant to the world around Him, it was an important part of His training and equipping. His Father was honored by it. 

Martin Luther, a priest, frequently talked about this, and he often asserted that God loves the work of people. Not because we put little crosses on things to make them look Christian, but because He enjoys clean houses, excellent work, and fine craftsmanship. This is significant because it clearly removes the distinction between vocational ministry and every other career. In other words, all work is ministry when it is done with the right heart and mindset!

Friend, every time you ply your trade — whether that means treating a patient, deploying a new system, building a home, or cleaning a bathroom — it matters to God. He sees what you do and He blesses your labor when it is done with a heart that is turned towards Him. You see, your Savior is honored by your work when you employ the skills that He has given to you in service to God’s Kingdom. In Him, everything is spiritual and it’s all part of living the life of worship He has designed you for. Doing everything as an act of service has the power to transform you and bless the world around you in His Name! Isn’t that fantastic news?

Prayer


Thank you, Lord Jesus, for leading me by example in plying your trade with excellence and in service to your Father. Teach me to work in worship and service, just as you did.

Reflection


Do you believe that God loves the work of your hands? How does knowing this change your attitude toward your trade?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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