Work Enthusiastically – February 6, 2017
Romans 12:11, Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
I’ve been teaching a series at Cottonwood Creek entitled, “Life Matters More When We Honor God!” When we look at Scripture one of the most important areas which we can honor God is through our work or our vocation. This week I want to share with you five Biblical principles about work. Biblical principal number one is- work enthusiastically. The Bible says in Romans 12:11, “Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.”
Most Christians spend an hour a week in worship on Sunday mornings to be spiritually refreshed, recharged and encouraged. However, our faith is most evident when we are outside of church, and a lot of that time is spent on the job. The good news about work is that there are literally hundreds if not thousands of occupations you can choose that honor God. Whatever occupation you choose, work enthusiastically at your job. Enthusiastic is an adjective meaning: having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval. Notice the definition says, ‘having or showing.’ You may not always have enjoyment, interest, and approval at work, but your attitude can show these serving qualities.
As a pastor, I’ll even submit to you that many people do a lot more ministry in their occupations than those of us in ministry careers. Your work is important to God. Your impact on those with whom you work can diffuse from the office to the home to the community and beyond, so serve the Lord enthusiastically today in all you do.
Take care and have a great day at the office!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D