Our Jobs

“As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen” (Matthew 4:18 HCSB). As I write this, I am on the shore of Lake Eire, which is considerably larger than the Sea of Galilee. As I looked at the lake, this verse came to mind. Peter and John were doing what they had been doing for many years—fishing. It was what they were supposed to be doing, because they were fisherman. As far as they knew, they would be fishing for the rest of their lives, or until they weren’t able to fish any longer.

On this Monday unless you have retired, you are working at a job that you expect to be involved in for a long time, or you might be in school, preparing for a job that you want to do. (Happy is the person who is doing the job that they want to do!) Regardless of what job or training you’re doing today, remember that doing what God gives you to do (your calling) is exactly what you ought to be doing. Right now, my task is to write. Throughout the work, I will be doing more writing as well as many other tasks. But it is important for you and me to do our best at what the Lord gives us to do. The apostle Paul wrote to slaves in Colosse, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23). I really understand how tough this can be on the job, especially when the task before us is unpleasant and painful. However, this week approach your work with a better perspective. Do your job for the Lord; do it as something that he has given you to do; do it to show his greatness where you work!