Nov 13 2008
I read an article recently that truly blessed me. It explained that the Hebrew word, Avodah (Ah’-voe-dah) actually has two meanings, to work and also to worship. It got me thinking about the limited understanding I had about work and worship. The two are not mutually exclusive. It is possible for your work to be an expression of your love and adoration for God. Sure we can worship God by singing songs, dancing to Him, living godly lives and reading the bible, but do we consider the way we work as a form of worship?
Whether your work is outside the home or you are a “keeper of the home”, it should be done to and for the glory of God. It makes sense that you should enjoy that work if that worship is to received properly. It would seem impossible to be able to worship God through your work if it is something from which you have no joy.
Have you ever experienced when someone is doing something for you but you can tell they don’t want to or just don’t have any joy in doing it for you? I sometimes want to say, “Just forget it, if you are going to have that attitude!” How do you think God feels as we worship Him through our work?
Recently, I was reminded that the “work” I had volunteered for was not glorifying God. I murmured and complained about broken promises, the lack of resources, and how much time it was taking up. I felt convicted about the lack of peace and joy in this situation. I began to ask the Lord to help me with my attitude.
I began to see that this was a season where I was being stretched and instructed on how to deal with situations that don’t quite go the way I think they should. Instead of concentrating on the negative things, I began to focus on the positive things I could bring to the situation. In the end, I learned that all I needed was an attitude adjustment. Not only was I able to complete the task joyfully, others expressed their appreciation and prayerfully God was glorified.
What about you? Can you say that the work you do shows your love, respect and reverence for God? Why not pray the following prayer just in case?
I thank You for where I am right now. Help me to have the right attitude for what I am doing in this season of my life. If I am not doing the work You called me to, please direct me in the correct path for my life. Help me to see the good that I can bring to all that I do. May all I do, say and think glorify You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.