8 Ways to Serve Jesus at Work

8 Ways to Serve Jesus at Work

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What’s the Christian’s motivation for work? The answer is actually fairly simple: Jesus is the motivation. This is what the Apostle Paul means when he says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). Paul’s words here have two very practical implications for us on a day-to-day level.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).

1. Jesus is our Boss. Ultimately we don’t work for our earthly boss, but for Him. Your earthly boss doesn’t always deserve a good days’ work, but Jesus does. Who your boss is matters. It just so happens that Christians have the most generous, wise, strong, and grace-saturated Boss there is.

Who your boss is matters. It just so happens that Christians have the most generous, wise, strong, and grace-saturated Boss there is.

2. Our work is not in vain. Since Jesus created us to work, our work is partnering with him in bringing joy and healing to the world. Whatever you do, we need that. You’re a blessing. Do what you do and do it well, for the glory of Jesus and the good of the world. It doesn’t matter how simple you think your work is. Most of Jesus’ good works were as a carpenter, not a prophet.

It doesn’t matter how simple you think your work is. Most of Jesus’ good works were as a carpenter, not a prophet.

What could it look like, practically speaking, to serve Jesus at work? Here are 8 ways.

8 WAYS TO SERVE JESUS AT WORK 

  1. Help end injustices and suffering in your work and through your work (see Job 29:14)
  2. Be personally honest and evangelize whoever you’re near (see 1 Peter 2:12 and Matthew 28:18-20)
  3. Do skillful, excellent work (see Colossians 3:23)
  4. Create beauty (see Genesis 2:15)
  5. Work from a Christian motivation to glorify God, seeking to change and influence culture to that end (see 1 Corinthians 10:31)
  6. Work with a grateful, joyful, gospel-changed heart through the ups and downs (see 1 Corinthians 15:13-28)
  7. Do whatever gives you the greatest joy and passion (see Colossians 3:23)
  8. Make as much money as you can, so that you can be as generous as you can (see Matthew 25:14-30)

 

For your ongoing joy in Jesus,
Pastor Brett

 

 

 

These 8 ways were inspired by Tim Keller. Check out his book Every Good Endeavor: connecting your work to God’s work.

For more on work, check out “WORK: god or gift.”