Don’t Waste Your Work: Created to Work

Has work been a blessing for you? Or is it sometimes a struggle to find joy, purpose, and meaning through your work life? Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, someone who works long hours or retired and actively volunteering, we’re often pressed to think about how our faith intersects with our labors. We want the use of our time to be meaningful. When work has been stressful or boring, our prayer may be “God, get me out of here. Quickly!” I know that some of us find our identity in our occupation and so the value and meaning of our work is deeply a part of us. Or the drive for wealth and income can fuel our work lives (and sometimes to the detriment of our families or sense of balance in life). I think about the many ways we can see the connection of faith and work, especially since these are two large components of our lives. Maybe it’s around our sense of right and wrong and the ethics we use to make decisions at work. Maybe it’s in the command of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves. We strive to live Jesus’ words, especially in challenging situations or with people whose behavior is far from Christian. Maybe we step back and look at the larger question of how our business or work contributes to the health and flourishing of the community around us. How are we contributing to the common good, enriching people’s lives, helping them to use their God-given talents?

We know from the creation story in Genesis that God is about creative and restorative work. Can our work be a place where we partner with God in some significant way for creative work to happen that will bless and benefit God’s world and others around us? Can our work participate in God’s restorative love that always works to rebuild human life?

Sunday we begin our series, “Don’t Waste Your Work,” and look at these ever-present issues in being faithful people who must also labor. God wants us to use our lives and time well, working through us and with us no matter what we are doing. Join us Sunday for worship when we explore how God created us to work.

Dave Summers
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
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