A question I believe everyone one of us needs to ask ourselves is this: Is your work for God and OTHERS done in the spirit of love and with passion or is it a “thorn in the flesh” to you? God gives us the direction and motivation we should all have. His Word says,
“Do all your work in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 TEV).
The apostle Paul says, “Do all your work in love.” He doesn’t say some of your work, but all of your work. He also says “no matter . . . what I do, I’m bankrupt without love” (1 Corinthians 13:3 MSG).
The point is any job can be turned into worship when it is built on the model of Christ’s love: that love is expressed to co-workers, clients, customers and God's church work. Mother Teresa said, “It’s not what you do so much that matters, but how much love you put into it.”
Think about it like this. Two-thirds of the word career is “care”: C-A-R-E. John Rushcan once said, “When love and skill come together, expect a masterpiece.”
So, I want you to pray a prayer every day the rest of this week. When you get up to go work—whether it’s at home or at school, in your backyard or at an office or wherever you work—I want you to pray, “Father, today I want to worship You through my work. I want to express my gifts, I want to do it as if I’m doing it for You, and I want to do it in love. Also, God help me serve you out of that same kind of LOVE in my church work. I want to bring glory to your Name and create an environment of unity and harmony. Help us (me) Lord to be Christ-like in my attitudes and actions in my service for you.”
You know if you and I can’t be that way in our work and service for the Lord, we need to spend more time on our knees…until we pray through and get to the point of complete surrender to God’s way and will. We all need to ask ourselves: Am I serving God out of love or obligation. The difference between the two is the difference between night and day. Paul says it best.....
“So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer” (Romans 12:1 TEV).
Amen! To you, Father, be the Glory!