Go to any gathering or enter into a new social situation and you’ll inevitably be asked the question:
“So, what do you do?”
How do you answer that question?
Our work so often defines us in society, gives us an identity. And let’s face it, if you work a full-time job outside the home, then you spend most of your waking hours doing something that has substantial influence on your life.
We wear many hats as working women of faith:
All of these roles impact us and we have the potential to impact others through them.
Yet, if it is our work that we spend the most time and energy of our waking hours on, shouldn’t it count for something more than just a paycheck? Shouldn’t our work have a purpose beyond punching a time clock or a cash register, or staring at a computer screen?
It should, it can, and it does.
What if you could go to work everyday knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is God’s plan for your life? What if you could confidently enter your workplace knowing that you were placed there by God and uniquely equipped by Him to fulfill a part of His grand design for you and His plan for the universe as a whole?
According to a recent Barna research poll, “only 40% of practicing Christians say they have a clear sense of God’s calling on their lives.”
In further research, only 20% have a real sense of what God wants them to do with their life.
These type of statistics break my heart. God has called us to so much more. He has called us to be in the world, but not of it. He has called us to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him. (Romans 12:1) He has called us to be used to fulfill the purposes He planned for us long ago.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
You are His masterpiece. Think about that.
Say that out loud to yourself: “I am God’s Masterpiece”!
God lovingly, painstakingly, created you, with a plan in mind.
I’m not talking about a career change. I’m talking about an attitude shift.
God planned for you to be where you are now, doing what you do now, before the foundation of the world.
Now I’ll admit that most days, I don’t feel like a masterpiece when I’m answering emails and phone calls, and working on spreadsheets. It doesn’t matter what I feel like, it matters what His truth says.
It is God that gives your work meaning.
It is God makes your job into a workplace calling.
It is your faith in Him that makes that truth a daily reality.
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The challenge lies before you to see your job differently. Why not start now?
Before you work your next shift, even as you are entering the building, say a simple prayer, “God you have called me to this place to fulfill your plan for my life and your purposes for the universe. You have brought me here by your Providence and uniquely equipped me to do this work today. You gave me this job as a calling on my life and I want to honor you for that by doing the best work I can with your help today, and for your glory. -Amen”
Then watch what God does with your workday.
And the next time you are asked, “So what do you do?” Answer the question with,
“I am called by God to be _____________.”
“God has called me to work at ______________________. “
Sure, you might get an odd look, or even follow-up questions, but your heart will be aligned with God’s in His purpose for your life, and your attitude shift will allow you to view your job through God’s eyes. It will no longer be a job, but a workplace calling.
What about you?
Do you view your job as a calling from God?
What steps can you take to have an attitude shift when it comes to your work?