Blessed on the job

Blessed on the job

30 April 2018
‘In all to which you set your hand.’

The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means ‘spiritual calling’. Every vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. And once you start to see your job in that light, you’ll find it easier to believe God wants to bless you on the job. So with that in mind you need to: 1) Pursue work compatible with your gifts. ‘If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised’ (1 Peter 4:11 NIV 1984 Edition). 2) Learn everything possible about your job. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning’ (Proverbs 1:5 NIV 2011 Edition). 3) Recognise God as your true employer. ‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does’ (Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV 1984 Edition). 4) See work as God’s gift, not punishment. ‘When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God’ (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV 1984 Edition). 5) Use criticism to your advantage. In fact, make it work for you. Ask for suggestions and correction. ‘Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured’ (Proverbs 13:18 KJV). 6) Do more than what’s expected. ‘Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him [two]’ (Matthew 5:41 KJV). 7) See the Lord as your work partner. Stay Christ-conscious throughout the day as you perform your duties, and ‘the Lord will command the blessing on you…and in all to which you set your hand.’