Everything is meaningless. All things fade away and perish. This world will not last and nothing we do on this world will last. Yet, it is possible to find eternal fulfillment and meaning in everything you do no matter what it is.
“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:9-13
Here are six ways that your current day job is meaningful no matter what it is:
1. It is what we were designed to do
God set man and woman in the garden and instructed them to care for it and the animals in it. The place where man has been the happiest he has ever been is a place where he worked diligently.
Work is not a result of the fall of man. It is a gift from God for our joy.
2. It is a reminder of the seriousness of sin
Though work is not a result of sin, it is now cursed because of sin. Every time our work fights back against us, every time our work makes us angry or drives us to exhaustion, it is a reminder of how serious our sin against God is.
This is no small reminder. Sometimes your work is difficult as a direct consequence of your own sin (lying, stealing, laziness, etc.). But many times it is just because you are born a sinner and born into the curse on work.
How does this give meaning to your work? Because every time your work is hard when you did nothing wrong it is meant to direct your eyes on thing above when work will be joyful again. It is meant to take your grasp off of this world more and more.
3. It displays God’s security to your spouse, yours kids, and/or yourself
If you are the primary or supplemental breadwinner in your marriage and if you are single, your work provides a very real sense of security to you and/or your family. But it is not meant to BE our ultimate security as much as it is meant to point us to the One who keeps us secure.
The way that your work gives you the ability to eat, sleep, and enjoy life is a picture of all the work God does in creation to uphold your ability to eat, sleep, and enjoy life.
4. It displays God’s character to your co-workers
As we discovered in the last post, every single job in the world reflects the work of Christ in some way. That means that as we work we reflect Christ to our co-workers not just in how we conduct ourselves but also in the work itself.
We should be honest, work with integrity and humility, and talk to our co-workers when we can about how we find meaning in our work because it reflects our Lord Jesus Christ and not because we get our identity from our social status.
5. Its work on your soul will last forever
The difficulties of your work is one of the primary ways God sanctifies you and makes you more like Jesus. He may teach you humility through an unjust boss, or patience through an incompetent co-worker.
Don’t resist the trials God sends your way through your work. He is a loving father who disciplines those whom he loves.
6. The best parts of it are only dim reflections of the joyful work of heaven
There can be many parts of our work that are thoroughly enjoyable for us. But even the most rewarding endeavors at work are only a foreshadowing of the reward we will experience in heaven from our heavenly work.
See, heaven will be the new earth. There will be new cities and communities that will need workers to make them run. It will be enjoyable work. You will finally be doing the work you were created by God to do.
Every time you experience joy in your current day job, use that as a reminder of the future joy waiting for you in heaven working for the Good King.
Lastly, why is this post on a blog about overcoming lust?
Because I have found that when I am discouraged about my life, the temptation to lust becomes ever so stronger. Maintaining an eternal perspective on our work can keep us from growing discouraged about all of its hardships.
It is this eternal perspective that kept Jesus himself focused through the hardest work of all: dying on the cross for you and me. He could not wait to spend eternity working in the new creation alongside you and me. He could not wait to be with his bride in glory. He eagerly wanted to see her purified and glorified and free from sin.
**Stay tuned for the next post as we return to the Lust Killing Gospel series.**
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