More than Just a Job
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There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God…
Ecclesiastes 2:24

A job is a fascinating thing. A job provides a way for a person to engage particular skills to specific tasks according to determined timetables and schedules for the sake of producing goods or services useful to others. The dizzying array of jobs that make up a sophisticated economy like that of The United States is a thing of beauty. All those people, skills, tasks, goods, and services, coordinated and collaborating in ways known and unknown to create the highest standard of living the world has ever seen! Amazing!

These days, when many jobs are becoming iffy or non-existent, Americans are very sensitive to the importance of having and keeping a job, no matter what. But if all we see in our job is a way of making a living, and perhaps finding a small measure of satisfaction, we’ve missed the main point of how our job fits into the total scheme of the work we’ve been given to do. Jobs are important – more than we may at first recognize.

Because where do those skills come from? And the resources to bend those skills toward goods and services, and the wherewithal to pay for those skills thus applied? Where does the fluid and flow of the economy come from, but from the hand of God?

Every job is a gift of God and a means whereby, through His steadfast love and faithfulness, He oversees the meeting of human needs and the satisfying of human wants. This is not to say that every job that we might imagine should be regarded as sacred and as coming from God. God does not condone the work that attends such immoral professions as prostitute, hit-man, drug-pusher, purveyor of pornography, and a host of others. But legitimate jobs that bring good to others and provide for the needs of our neighbors are given by the hand of God. All the skills to work are from Him. All the resources we need for working are by His provision. All legitimate work contributes to the good of society and enables others to work and provide for their needs. All this is a gift from God; therefore, we should receive our work as such, and give thanks and praise to God as we take up our jobs each day, thus fulfilling a small but significant role in the divine economy.

When we understand our work in this way, as a gift from God, it inspires us to do our work – no matter how menial or sophisticated – with the highest degree of goodness and excellence. Seeing work as a gift from God makes us care about those who will profit from our work and fills us with a sense of gratitude and fulfillment at a job well done. Work is a gift, and when we receive it as such and work it according to the merits of the Giver, we bring glory to God in our jobs, day-in and day-out.

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