Today I wanted to talk about one of the primary goals behind Sites for Christ. Providing quality and affordable Christian web design is important to me. However, what God has really laid on my heart is to help Christians learn how to work for God in whatever they do.
How can I work for God?
No matter what your job or business entails, if you’re a Christian, then every day you should be going to work for God, not your boss and certainly not yourself.
As Christians, we tend to compartmentalize God from the rest of our lives. You might not bring up God at work for fear of offending people. Or when you’re out with friends it’s “time to relax”, not time for talking about God. But the Bible tells us a different story:
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24
So when you head off to work or make a new business decision, do you keep God’s will in mind?
Our Gifts and Talents Are Not Our Own
We are all here for a purpose. We are each given different gifts, talents, and callings. But why are we given the gifts we have? Not for our own selfish desires or simply to make it to the next paycheck. Rather, God gives us the gifts we have to use for Him.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
There was a sermon I watched once which had a great impact on my life and career path. It planted the seed for me to go to work for God by changing from secular to Christian web design. In the sermon, the pastor said that God is the one who gives us the talents we have. Satan doesn’t have the ability to gift us with things. However, Satan can certainly hijack the gifts that God gives us to use for his purposes. This really opened my eyes, because that’s exactly what happens when we DON’T use our gifts for God.
I’m not talking about every single Christian being in ministry work. If all of us worked exclusively in ministry, and none of us interacted with non-Christians, then how would we spread the gospel of Jesus Christ? That’s not what God wants for all of us. For some of us, absolutely, but we aren’t all called to the same purpose.
What I am talking about is using the gifts we have to glorify and work for God from exactly where we are.
An Example of How to Work for God
My husband works in supermarket refrigeration. It’s certainly not a job which one would call “ministry work”. But, whenever he goes to work he is mindful that he is going to work for God first. This looks like different things every day.
Sometimes working for God is about demonstrating Christ in his life through his actions (i.e. not swearing, being honest, hardworking, etc). However, there are other times when someone will be put in his path who needs a word from God. This can be a word of encouragement, praying with them, or even sharing what God has revealed to him in his walk. He doesn’t force these kinds of topics, but rather God opens up doors in conversations and gives him the words to say.
“But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” – Mark 13:11
Yes, this passage is referring to being arrested. However, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to speak in any situation you’re in. Pray for the words that will speak to that certain person’s heart, and God will give them to you.
Working for God Looks Different for Everyone
So that is one example, but of course my husband’s job is not my job and it’s not your job. In my work I find myself in situations where I need to turn down projects because they conflict with God’s word. When these cases arise, I try to speak God’s word to those in my path. In other situations working for God is simply displaying a good Christian work ethic towards my clients by being honest and helpful.
Every job is different, every life is different, and every business is different. God calls us all to different things and it’s a personal journey to discover how you can glorify God in your work. But when you hand your business and your work over to God, then He will bless you abundantly. Not just in your finances, but rather with spiritual wisdom and joy in the work you do.
Work is a Blessing from God
Everything we are blessed with is from the Lord, and that includes our work. The first thing God did for man after He created him was put him to work! The more you go to work for God, the more joy you will find in whatever work you are doing.
So think about it, pray about it, and take the risk to ask God how you can honor Him in your work and in your business every day. He will show you exactly what He wants to do with your business, in your job, and with the gifts He’s given you. But you have to be willing to follow His lead.
“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” – Proverbs 16:3
Another Resource about Working for God
I want to leave you with a link to a book that one of my clients has written. This book addresses this exact topic and how to develop a Biblical perspective of your work. Please check it out to learn more about how to go to work for God.
Good Job! by Harry A. Mitchell III
Good Job! is written to help Christians develop a Biblical understanding of work and allow God to work through their professional, non-Church related work as an area of ministry. You will be encouraged to spend time in prayer, worship and additional Bible study about topics that matter to your work, business and career.