Do you work because you have to work?
Do you work because you want to work?
Do you work because God has called you to work?
Those very important questions to ask yourself.
How you answer those determines your happiness on a day-to-day basis, as well as the long-term impact you will have in the workplace.
If you answered yes to all three, you understand the concept of a workplace calling.
If you answered yes to the first one, but no to the other two, you need to step back and ask yourself what you are working for and you’ve come to the right place.
In our Working Women of Faith Survey, we asked women around the country their main reason for working.
71% of women surveyed said their reason for working outside the home was financial, while only 19% said they worked because this is what they were called to do.
Here at Working Women of Faith, our goal is to switch those percentages around. Our prayer is that through us, God can show you that he has called you into the workplace.
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You don’t have to work in ministry or even within a Christian organization for your work to be considered a calling. You only need to be obedient to be where God has led you for your work to have eternal ramifications that go far beyond your bank account.
There is a disconnect in the faith community between work and faith. we are told from pulpits and in bible studies that somehow, what we do from day to day at work doesn’t matter to God. That the only thing that matters is what we do for God. Why can’t your work be for God?
God Himself says, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Ephesians 6:7)
He wasn’t talking to anyone in ministry, He was talking to anyone who is working. Our work can, and should, be done for the Lord’s approval, not for people.
Yes, our jobs provide us the ability to pay our bills and put a roof over our heads and food in the fridge. But the money is a side benefit to doing whatever God has called us to do.
When our reason for working is financial, the money becomes our focus. We obsess about it, work harder for more, and get upset when someone else makes more than we do.
When we alter our focus from being about making money (or “having” to work), to instead being about doing our work for God, it changes our perspective and it adds meaning and purpose to our daily tasks, no matter the job title or company we work in.
Suddenly we are released from the trap of money and plunged into gratefulness. We see with a different set of eyes-God’s heart- behind the work.
If your work is just about having a job and paying the bills, you are missing out on the blessing of having God for your boss.
[Tweet “Can you imagine, if everyday you showed up to work, God was sitting in your boss’s chair? “]
How would that alter your attitude towards your work? How would it change your excitement to get up and go into the office? How would it affect the quality of work you produce? Ultimately God is your boss. Maybe He brought you to your work to help your employer succeed. Maybe He brought you there to reach one of your co-workers or customers with His love and grace. Maybe He brought you there to teach you to depend on Him. Whatever the reason(s), you can rest assured that God brought you to your place of work for a reason.
You are not working for nothing!
When you view your work as God-appointed, regardless of what you do, then work takes on a whole new meaning.
Your work becomes God-ordained, God-anointed, and God-empowered.
So why do you work?
Share below how God has realigned your thinking about your work.
Share if you aren’t quite there yet, but want to be.
Share your God story of how God has used you at work.