I’m going to be really real this morning-it’s been a rough one. I’ve been crying and I can’t seem to stop. Which is always fun to do at work…at least no kids are here yet. Do you ever just get to a place where it feels like nothing you do matters? Like your work has no purpose so why even put effort into it? That’s where I’ve been the past few days. Logically, I can reason with myself that I’m working for a higher calling. I’ve even unexpectedly received encouragement from friends and family. But my emotions won’t cooperate.
Something I’ve had to learn over the past few years is that my emotions are actually not a great barometer for measuring my faith or trust in God. They’re also not great for measuring success or how close I am to God. I’m a feelings person though. I like to “feel” God with me. And sometimes I do. Today, I do not. And then I start doubting. God, where are you? What am I doing with my life? Does it even honor you? Is all this effort just worthless?
This morning, my husband reminded me that I don’t work for the affirmation of others. I don’t work to receive praise or to see lives change at my hands or words. I don’t work to see more money in my bank account. I work for the glory of the Lord who would withhold nothing from me-not even His most precious Son. I’m that valuable to Him. And my work honors Him because work itself honors God. Not the results. Not the recognition of others. Just working for the Lord. And honoring Him with my time, effort, and energy is what matters rather than the more traditional barometers of success or influence.
Does your work matter? It depends on your motives. If you’re working for the Lord, your work echoes into eternity and has transcendent significance. If you’re working for yourself or to please mankind, your work will fade like so many vapors.
Friend, join me today in examining our motives, rooting out the ones that don’t serve God. We are citizens of heaven and working for God is the only type of work that satisfies.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” -Colossians 3:23-24