It’s so easy to fall into the trap of compartmentalizing our faith – even when we’re in the midst of participating in a Leadership@Work Study. Deep-seated beliefs are sometimes difficult to shake, especially when our culture encourages us to separate our faith from our career or work life.
Although there are more and more role models who are living out their faith at work, they are still few and far between. We need more people who are committed to closing the gap between their faith and their work – and that includes you and me.
So how do we break free of the beliefs that hold us back? We need to defend against thoughts that would sabotage our ability to give all of our lives, including our work, to God – thoughts such as “surely God doesn’t care about what I do at work” or “… I really shouldn’t trouble God with prayers for favor, success or solutions for my work.”
Since the best defense is a strong offense, let me provide you with Scriptural weapons that will help your mind avoid drifting to that old familiar place.
God and Work
God called Nehemiah to the work of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and provided support and protection throughout the project. Nehemiah acknowledges God’s involvement in Nehemiah 6:16, “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”
Work is mentioned in the Bible 793 times. God worked to create the earth and heavens and rested from His work on the seventh day. He created man in His image to work the land and partner with Him in His work. Here is just a sampling of Scriptures throughout the Bible that speak to the importance of our work to God.
- The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
- You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2
- For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13
- For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
- But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” John 5:17
- So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
- He must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Ephesians 4:28
You can find even more Scriptures on our Workplace Scriptures page.
In case you want to learn more on this subject, here are some excellent books that go deeper on God’s view of our work:
- God in the Marketplace by Henry and Richard Blackaby
- Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
- Your Work Matters to God by Doug Sherman, William Hendricks
- Prayers That Avail Much for the Workplace by Germaine Copeland
If you are still on the fence about whether or not our work matters to God, consider this … anything we don’t dedicate to God and the leading of the Holy Spirit is fair game for the enemy. Who do you want to lead and influence your work?