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Work is a Privilege

“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

Nietzsche (as much as I hate to quote him) once said that “Within every language there is a philosophy.” This is something that really makes sense with regard to the Hebrew language, which expresses over and over again the idea that God loves our work; that as we apply ourselves to our labor with all our heart and do our daily tasks as though they have eternal value, something changes in the Lord’s great plan! You see, in Jewish culture, going to work was just as worshipful as raising your hands in a church service or as reading your 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 or visit a nursing home (if we have the time). However, thinking of these three things separately really damages their intent, which 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 or praying.

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: 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 — that work, worship, and service are components of an integrated offering to Jesus. Isn’t that fantastic news?

Prayer


Thank you, Jesus, for inviting me to live in your Kingdom, where my work is also service and worship.

Reflection


How can the Jewish belief that work, worship, and service are synonymous impact and change your life today?

2 thoughts on “Work is a Privilege

    1. amylindow says:

      Thanks Frank! God loves you and so do we!

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