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April 12, 1999

Our Work Matters to God

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Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. PROVERBS 22:29
Although slick talk and big promises might turn heads at first, the best way to impress an employer is to do a good job. If we hone our skills and take great care to complete every project to the best of our abilities, there’s a good chance we’ll be noticed—by the boss, the division president, or the CEO. And if we’re really good at what we do, we might even be called to serve outside our company or even our industry.
Although such recognition is rewarding, it should not be the driving force behind us as we develop our abilities, however. No matter what we do, whether it’s driving a bus, teaching kindergarten, running a small business, designing bridges, or operating a manufacturing plant, we need to demonstrate skill in our work because our work is important to God. He gave us the gifts and talents we use every day, and when we perfect them and use them diligently, He is honored.
It’s a thought that can revolutionize our work lives. If we view the completion of every assignment, every project, and every task as an act of worship to God, we will be much more likely to give it our best. We will be much more likely to treat the people we’re working with on the project with respect and consideration. And we will be much more likely to give Him the glory when the assignment is done, rather than accepting all the credit for ourselves.
One of the best ways to show coworkers and employers that we are followers of Jesus is by excelling in our work. They might not realize it at first, but when they start asking why we’re so diligent, why we care so much about what we’re doing, or why we refuse to cut corners, we have an open door to share our faith with them.
What are you doing to develop your skills to their fullest potential? What is your motivation? Are you doing it because you want to go places and be somebody, or are you doing it because you want to glorify God in your work?

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