I’ve decided to take a little break from the wealth mindset blog posts and share on this important topic which emanated from my IGTV discussion with Dr. Harley and a podcast episode of the ‘Call to Mastery’ by Jordan Raynor.
I’ve always sort of been passionate about how I honour God in my 9-5 and representing Him well amongst co-workers. Notwithstanding this, my passion and focus undoubtedly wavered as I received a new found zeal about entrepreneurship and this blog. It’s a common experience. Whenever God sets our hearts a blaze about a passion project it’s easy to feel as though our 9-5 is getting in the way of pursuing this shiny new task.
Appreciating the theology surrounding this topic is particularly important for those of us who don’t feel as though we are being purposeful in our main employment. Our current work tasks aren’t directly in line with what we’re passionate about, the work culture and environment is not encouraging and we don’t see ourselves or desire to be there for long.
I want to underscore that the aim of each blog post is to challenge your mindset; to encourage you to prayerfully determine if you have adopted and are living out the biblical perspective on the subject matter. I am convinced that growing in intimacy with the Lord both starts at, and is displayed by adopting His perspective on all areas of our lives.
1st Corinthians 3: 10 provides the starting point for this theology-
“Whatever, you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God.”
Don’t mind me carrying out an English lesson but ‘all’ means every section or part of a whole. We spend a considerable time ( a 1/3 of our lives) at our places of work so I’m pretty sure this falls within the ‘whatever we do’.
Jeff Goins said some insightful things in this podcast episode–
‘Work’ is intended for you to better understand who you are. ‘
Millennials, myself included, have laboured under the misconception that an awareness of our ‘calling’ precedes our work and that our work must involve what we are most passionate about. The truth is that you work your way into your calling. Clarity for the future comes with the faithfulness in the present.
Here are some practical steps to honoring God in your J-O-B
1. Work with Excellence
How we carry out our work must be seen as another opportunity to revere and reflect the glory of God. We do it unto Him, as such it must be done with excellence. Push past the human emotions to do things halfheartedly and make an effort to complete each task well– knowing that there’s someone bigger who is looking on and there is a greater skill that is being developed; discipline.
It is estimated that we will spend 90,000 hours or a third (1/3) of our lifetime working. If you are consistently working with mediocrity; don’t worry mediocrity will soon find its way in other areas of your life.
2. Include your job in your prayer life
I have discovered that one of the best ways to change my mindset on an issue is to make it the subject of my prayers.
Include your job in your prayers. Start praying about that difficult colleague or boss that makes the work environment so uncomfortable. Ask that GOD give you the right perspective and attitude for your job. Ask that He help you value your contribution to your place of employment. Sometimes GOD delays changing our place of work, because there’s something in us that He’s trying to change.
3. Include your 9-5 in your plans of ambition
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:15–16
Appreciate and act as though your present place of employment is God’s will for your life now and critical to the future. Well there’s no need to act– honey it is.
In Ephesians 5:15-16, Paul encourages us to make our days count; to use our time responsibly to bring about His purpose.
How can you use your strengths and talents to improve your work flow and work environment? What parts of your job highlight your weak points? Think and work on these things.
The skills we develop and employ in our current job will be critical to the next step in our lives; whether it be ‘ministry’, a new job or entrepreneurship. Don’t waste this opportunity.
4. Serve your co-workers well.
I am amazed at the life of the well known TV personality, Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood (it’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, a beautiful day for a neighbour ). As part of his morning routine, he would pray for the persons he may come across throughout the day and ask that GOD enable him to serve them well. That’s intense…but so good.
What does this look like in a work context?
- Being intentional in serving your co-workers well.
- Being a pleasure to work with.
- Apologising when you’re wrong.
- Accepting responsibility.
When we think lightly of our current places of work, we miss the lessons and trivialize the impact He intended we have on the work culture and our colleagues.
While we might not know GOD’s ultimate will for our lives, we are sure that the present forms an important aspect of it. Not to sound like a broken record but there is danger in the theology that our employment must always involve what we are most passionate about. Our hearts are deceptive, our passions can change and be rekindled–but the discipline to represent GOD well in our work can withstand the ebb and flow of passion.
As always, I thank you so much for joining me in my journey to joyful stewardship.