Do you like your job? Here's an even trickier question: does your job like you? If you were to poll the people you work with and the bosses you work for, asking what their perception of you might be, what do you think they'd say?
Have you ever rolled out of bed on Monday morning as you begin a new work week and thought to yourself, "Why do I work so hard at my job again? Are my 9-5 hours making any difference in this world? Does God even care about the work I'm doing?" This Monday is Labor Day so what a great time to talk about the important topic of our work and why it matters not just to us and those who benefit from our work, but also why our work matters to God.
So many people spend so much time trying to figure out what God wants them to do with their lives. Who should they marry? What job should they have? Where should they live? It’s difficult to figure out because God’s not always as blatant about that sort of direction as we’d like Him to be. Unless, that is, we’re asking the wrong question and focusing on the wrong parts of what makes Him, Him, and us, us. What if, what God wants us our lives to be defined by is less about “what” and more about “who?”
A while back there were two popular sayings on t-shirts and bumperstickers: 1) Jesus is my co- pilot, and 2) Jesus is my homeboy. They were everywhere. Depending on who you talked to, those were enlightened statements, or expressions of a very limited understanding of who Jesus is. Which is right? Is Jesus a friend? Yes. Is Jesus the king? Yes. Have we even begun to understand the fullness of who he is? Not. Even. Close.
Vision. It’s something that gets talked about all the time; in churches, in businesses, even in families. We love to talk about our desired future and what we’re chasing after. We think about it often because it excites us and helps us get out of bed in the morning. It’s why someone came up with the idea of the “American Dream.” We work and save and plan and scheme to realize our vision. Have we ever paused long enough though, to consider whether or not our vision is the right vision? Is the thing we’re chasing worth chasing?