By CTA – Christ to All
We spend a great deal of time working—whether we receive payment or freely serve. Our Creator gave us work as a gift. Each of us is uniquely created and gifted for accomplishing different things. This post will give you encouragement and help you think about your work as a calling from God. Whether your work is for your family, church, employer, community, or world, it is your unique service, your unique blessing from our Lord.
- “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 ESV).
Pray to God, “Teach me to serve with wisdom, being a good steward of the resources you have given me.”
- “The LORDGod took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15 ESV).
Work was a central feature in Eden. Work and paradise are not mutually exclusive!
- “To this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God” (1 Timothy 4:10 ESV).
Sin corrupts our work—making it stressful or challenging—but we work for an incorruptible God.
- “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV).
Our Lord intends to bless us in our work and others around us through our work.
- “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:24 ESV).
When no one else sees your long hours of hard work, your heavenly Father notices and is well pleased!
- “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it withyourmight” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV).
God opens specific doors of opportunity to you: your work for pay, your family relationships, and the needs around you.
- “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much” (Matthew 25:21 ESV).
Keep on going, keep on serving because the audience we care most about is no earthly audience.
- “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV).
You truly are on a mission from God, whether you recognize it or not!
- “Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13 NLT).
Freed from our sins, we freely choose to serve on the job, in our family, as citizens, or as neighbors.
- “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16 ESV).
Different seasons in life carry with them different emphases. To which callings are you most devoted right now?
- “Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much” (Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV).
God rewards our faithful labor with a spirit of contentment and satisfaction.
- “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because onitGod rested from his work that he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:3 ESV).
We model our work after God. We work hard, but we also rest like he rested.
- “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV).
Our ability to enjoy our work, despite its challenges, is a gift from God.
- “To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:14 ESV).
Jesus invites us to lay our burdens beneath his cross. As forgiven people, we persist in the vocations he has placed on our lives.
- “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1 ESV).
We are called to serve all people, even if they are not of God’s family.
- “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV).
Ask God for a gentle and forgiving spirit as you work today.
- “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10 ESV).
Like the people who first read these words, you are called to believe, to belong, and to be a blessing to those around you.
- “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10 ESV).
You live in a specific place at a specific time among specific people. None of it is an accident!
- “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV).
God loves it when we share the results of our successes with others. That’s what Christ did for us!
- “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings” (Proverbs 22:29 ESV).
Nothing we do is left unnoticed by the Lord. Know that he will lift you up for your faithfulness.
- “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 ESV).
You, Child of God, have received from your Creator a unique mix of interests, talents, experience, and abilities.
- “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3 ESV).
The world around us measures success in money or fame, but God calls a life of service a success.
- “Equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13 ESV).
Your #1 job is not mother, mechanic, or assistant manager—it is servant of the King!
- “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16 ESV).
In everything you do, reflect Jesus to those around you.
- “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints” (Hebrews 6:10 ESV).
Do you appreciate others the way the Lord appreciates you?
- “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 ESV).
When our work has us down or overwhelmed, we can breathe in the loving rest of Jesus.
- “Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV).
When you feel like giving up, don’t quit! God has not given up on you!
- “Unless the LORDbuilds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORDwatches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1 ESV).
Place all your work in God’s hands. Experience true success!
- “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV).
God made us so that we may serve him. He works on us, so that we may work for him and others.
- “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us” (Psalm 90:17 ESV).
Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of work, how it provides for me financially and how it benefits others.
- “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (John 6:27 ESV).
Even as we work, we can pursue our eternal destiny—a relationship with God that endures forever.
Editor’s note: The text of 31 Verses for Work is adapted from Faith That Works Softcover Devotion Book by Jane L. Fryar.