“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
– John 6:27
Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Within every language there is a philosophy.” This is something that I think really makes sense with regard to the Hebrew language, which expresses over and over again that God loves our work. As we apply ourselves with all our heart and do our daily tasks as though they have eternal value, something changes in the Lord’s great plan! In Jewish culture, going to work was just as worshipful as raising your hands in a church service or reading the Bible. How different this is from our segregated American view that says our job is what we do Monday through Friday. Worship is what we do on Sunday, and service is what we do when we feed the homeless. Thinking of these three things separately really damages their intent. This is why it’s transformational to embrace going to our workplace as an act of worship — one that is just as spiritually weighty as going to church.
Friend, when you shift your thinking and assume a posture that embraces the privilege of work and makes it synonymous with a sacrifice of worship and service to Jesus, every day can be full of the Kingdom of God! It’s full of life, full of joy, and full of peace! It’s the truest form of wisdom to understand that everything you undertake in your daily life is part of a tapestry of praise to the One who made you. Work, worship, and service are components of an integrated offering to Jesus! Isn’t that fantastic news?
Thank you, Jesus, for inviting me to live in your Kingdom, where my work is also service and worship.
How can the Jewish belief that work, worship, and service are synonymous impact and change your life?
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.