Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Chosen Lifestyle, Part V

A Man’s Work
Work is part of a man’s design.  The first thing that God gave Adam was a job to do: To work and keep the garden

Work is both a reward and a burden because we live in a fallen world system.  Because we live in a sin-sick world most of our work is under a “curse.”  What do I mean?  We can be productive but its only through blood, sweat and tears.  Even when we land our “dream job” we will find crabby coworkers, insufficient resources or even a tyrannical boss. 

A Framework for Life must start with examining your heart, your strength and your relationships.  Work is a means to an end, not an end in itself.  Too many men make work their main relationship and source of identity. 

Look, I believe I’m called to be in fulltime ministry.  Someone reading might be called to be a doctor.  Both are “noble” callings that “help” lots of people.  But it would be wrong for any work or calling to take precedence over God, our own health and our relationships. 

After all, what happens if you can’t “work” any more?  I’ve seen too many men go through an identity crisis after being laid off or having to retire.  Being jobless is very often a crisis. But job loss shouldn't become the ground for an identity crisis.

At the same time, work is a call from God.  We need to see our work as a calling no matter what we do.  Some callings are for a lifetime and others are only for a season.  In either case our Father still expects us to be faithful and work like he is our direct boss. Remember, God is who we really work for.

  • What’s the hardest part about your job?
  • Do you see your job as a call from God?
Please post your thoughts and questions below. 

Your brother,

Minister Onorio

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