Working With God
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
—Matthew 13:23 NKJV
Your work is Sacred
How would you feel about joining a church where the pastor hates his job? What if he dreaded getting out of bed on Sunday morning, cringing at the thought of having to lead a worship service? How well do you think the church would fare if the head pastor felt there was little value in his job? Chances are, you wouldn’t want to attend, let alone join, a church struggling under such leadership. You wouldn’t put yourself under the leadership of someone who didn’t respect the high calling of his position, would you?
The Christian leader of a company should likewise respect the high calling of his or her position. You don’t have to do “church work” to carry out the will of God. Being outspoken about your faith and leading by example can attract many people into His light.
Both church and secular roles are sacred ways of Working with God.
Working with God Jesus' way
Jesus was about 30 years old when he began spreading the Word that would change the World. So what was He doing for the 30 years before that? Was He marking time while waiting for His calling to take effect? Was He merely getting by working a day job as a carpenter?
Were those years wasted doing something less than truly sacred work?
If you believe being in God’s will is the ultimate calling of every Christian, then every minute Jesus spent as a carpenter had as much value as when He preached in the Temple, healed the sick, and washed the disciples’ feet. When Jesus was on the Cross, He was doing the will of the Father as much as when He was planing a piece of wood in his carpentry shop. Two Scripture passages, in particular, capture Jesus’ unwavering commitment to do what He came to earth to do, and the verses leave little doubt that He would not have wasted a second of His life on anything that didn’t move forward His mission to bring the kingdom of God to earth:
Jesus said to [the disciples], “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
—John 4:34 NKJV
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will
of Him who sent Me.
—John 6:38 NKJV
As Scripture demonstrates, work is inherently sacred, since it is part of God’s original best plan for mankind. And from a pragmatic standpoint, there’s essentially no other way to reach deeply into the world and bring people to Christ. I believe this is a major part of what Jesus meant when He promised we would do even greater works than He did (John 14:12–15). You have the full power of heaven at your disposal to fulfill your calling in business (John 14:14 and Philippians 4:13). Fear not. Embrace your sacred call to ministry in the Marketplace.
For more a more in-depth look at how Working with God can help your business, your soul, and the world around you; check out Joe Greene’s ‘Dare To Succeed’