THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10
I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
LIVING SENT IN THE WORKPLACE: WHY WE WORK
In the movie Groundhog Day, the main character, Phil (played by actor Bill Murray), finds himself reliving the same day over and over again. At first he finds humor in it, but eventually, he becomes depressed. Everything becomes meaningless to him. Sulking one day at a bar, he asks, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” Another man at the bar responds, “That about sums it up for me.”
I wonder how often Ralph’s answer would be our own. We work every day, doing the same things with the same people, seeing the same results. Deep down, we know that there has to be more to life than this. And so we ache. Initially, our work had meaning and fulfillment. As Adam and Eve tended the garden, they found sweet satisfaction in serving God and each other serving God. After the fall, that satisfaction gave way to exhausting toil. Thankfully, futility is not the end of the story. Through the work of Jesus, our work is renewed, once again having meaning. (Mike Leake)
1 Peter 4:10 says one reason we work is to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given. What gifts have you been given? Philippians 3:14 says we also work to win heavenly rewards. What are you doing that will reap the recognition of heaven?
Praise God for giving you meaning in your work. Ask God to show you what gifts you have and how He wants to use them.