“Work is not the curse, but drudgery is.” -Henry Ward Beecher
Christians have spent an eternity saying God doesn’t care about the jobs we take. We used to tell ourselves this as justification to not care about our jobs and status more than we care about Kingdom affairs.
But a tragic shift has occurred in saying this.
In saying that God does not care about our job title, we have sadly made our jobs distinct from our faith.
If we’re honest, many of us have our jobs and we have our church life. We find enjoyment and satisfaction out of our church life, but not our jobs. While many would say this is normal, I don’t see it this way.
Work worth doing is work that makes sense of your convictions.
This is why I thoroughly enjoy my work, and receive about the same satisfaction I do Monday through Friday than I do on Sundays. My work is not separate from what I believe, what I have made the heart of who I am. My writing helps me—in some small way—save the world.
When we say that God does not care for our job titles, we destroy the opportunity to make something of our jobs—to turn them into blessings for others rather than a chore.
The truth is, God cares about our job titles. He just doesn’t see them through the same lens we do.
We view our jobs as responsibilities and drudgeries to deal with so we can get to the more enjoyable parts of our life; but God views our jobs through the lens of how we can make a difference in them.
This means, we are in our roles for a reason. That reason is because God has placed us there to make a difference. God cares you’re an electrician. God cares you’re a stay-at-home mom. God cares you’re a CEO. These roles are not what pays the bills, but what’s been given to us for the blessing of many.
When I think about this topic, I think of how much it matters that Zacchaeus and Matthew were tax-collectors. It emphasized the potency of the Gospel—that it could reach any sinner. It was important that Luke was a physician—it allowed him to eloquently write Acts and the book of Luke from a unique perspective.
To God, these roles mattered. They weren’t hindrances. They helped expand the Kingdom.
We must stop making our roles distinct from our spirituality. We fulfill our calling and glorify God by recognizing our roles, not by looking past them.
So stop saying God doesn’t care about your job title. He might not care about the status or hierarchy of it, but He certainly does care about the influence of it. With your roles, He envisions making a better future—we just have to learn what it looks like to glorify God in our roles instead of waiting till Sunday to glorify Him.
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