What’s the Purpose of Work? Maybe Not What You Think.
If you struggle with finding meaning in your daily grind, embrace giving to others as the purpose of the work you do.
If you think you go to work every day so you can make money for yourself and your family, you’re only half right. Because according to God, giving is the purpose of work.
Today’s lesson is short but profound. There are a lot of reasons for going to work every day, and providing for your family is a great one. But working just to eat falls short of what God has planned for your life. He wants you to work so you can help people in need.Work isn't just about feeding your family -- it's about making a difference in the world. tweet this!
Giving: The Purpose of Work
Work is essential to success in life, and certainly to financial success. And as we’ve said before, all work is God’s work, because every type of work is ultimately a way that we serve people. But there’s more to work than that. God wants His people to work so that they have money to use for giving.
Let’s look at Ephesians 4:28 to see what Paul had to say about work and giving:
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
This verse comes in Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. He’s in the middle of encouraging them to embrace God’s best plan for their lives. One of the ways that he wants them to do that is to work, because working will give them resources to help people in need.Every hour you work is your contribution to changing the world. tweet this!
This helps us to understand the purpose of work in God’s plan for our lives. Work will always be our primary method of earning money to take care of ourselves and our families. But God wants us to see work as more than that. Earning money gives us the opportunity help people who desperately need it. Work isn’t just about feeding our families — it’s about making a difference in the world.
A New Way to Work
If you believe that giving is the purpose of work, you might begin to see your daily grind in a new way. When you work with the purpose of giving, you realize the money that you earn from work is money that you can use to help change someone’s life. It can help spread the Gospel. It’s money that you can give to organizations that fight injustice and lead people out of the slavery of sin.
Work isn’t just what we do for eight hours a day to pay your bills. Every hour you work is your contribution to changing the world.God wants to accomplish more with your work than you could ever do on your own. tweet this!
If you struggle with motivation at work, perhaps this idea will help you. God has a higher purpose in the job that He has given you. Working well doesn’t just benefit you or your company — it also benefits the world.
Work diligently so that you can give generously. No matter what kind of work you do, and no matter how much money you earn while doing it, God wants to accomplish more with your work than you could ever do on your own.