Work should include passion. We should enjoy doing what we do best. When you can marry passion and skill, what you love with what you do best, your work will never seem like work.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV). “We are God’s workmanship.” Every one of us has been specially crafted by God. He has created us with unique abilities and talents, and with unique passions and burdens. Our highest calling is to find out how God has wired us and to do what we do best. And to accomplish those “good works,” which He ordained before we were even born.
Therefore, you should pursue a career that leverages those unique abilities and talents, passions and burdens, strengths and skills, that God has given you. In recruiting men to craft materials for the tabernacle, the Lord said to Moses, “See Bezalel … I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship” (Exodus 31:1-3, NAS). And later on God said, “in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill” (Exodus 31:6, NAS).
Every person has God-given ability. Every person has some unique strength, talent, or skill. God made artists, athletes, cops, coaches, engineers, accountants, lawyers, builders, plumbers, electricians, salesmen, managers, teachers, programmers, nurses, and the list goes on and on. You have skill because God put that skill in you.
I love how executive coach Arthur Miller puts it. “Perhaps you are unaware of the fact that you are the customized expression of a loving God. He has wired you … Your life has meaning built into it. Effectively, you have an exciting, challenging, and achievable destiny if you will but discover and embrace who you are designed to be … You are God’s idea.” I don’t think Miller’s quote should be misconstrued as being self-centered. I believe he is reminding us that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”
So find a job that fits your strengths and skills. Find a job that you can be passionate about. Find a job that you can enjoy. Find a job that makes you wake up every morning and say, “I was born for this!” My wife, Kathy, is a 3rd grade elementary teacher and that’s how she wakes up every morning. I can’t think of a more intimidating job than spending 8 hours a day in a classroom with 20 kids, but she loves it.
Solomon made this statement about work. “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, NAS). Solomon is saying that enjoying our work, and enjoying the fruit of our labor, is a gift from God.
But there’s something else that needs to be said. Of course, do what you do best. But also, do your best at what you do. Remember what Paul said. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily” (Colossians 3:23). If work is a calling, and if work is a means by which we reflect the character, and if work is to have passion and purpose, then we should do our best at what we do! As a Christian, …
- work hard and always do your best
- submit to your boss and do what you’re told
- do it with a good attitude, without grumbling or complaining
- take responsibility for your work and admit your mistakes
- don’t give excuses for not producing
- pursue excellence, do the very best you can do
- over deliver, under budget, beat the deadline, go the extra mile
- keep your word, follow through with your promises
- if you’re the boss, treat employees fairly
- work hard and always do your best
The way to love your job and be passionate about your work is to do what God has wired and gifted you to do, and to do your best at what you do best.
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