When I say “WORK,” what do you think of? Necessary evil? Drudgery? This past weekend we celebrated Labor Day, and it is a time we consider how God usually provides for us. When God created man, He placed him in the garden and told him to tend the garden and be creative in taking care of it. God never created us to sit by idly and do nothing, we were created to work. It was not until Adam sinned that work became toil. As a result of this change, we struggle to view work as anything but something we should attempt to get through. Yet, we spend about 40% of our waking hours commuting, working or thinking about our work. Since we spend so much time focusing on work, we need to understand how work should affect our lives. Ephesians 6:5-7 reminds us that as we are submitting ourselves to God and others, we should serve at work as though we are serving God. The reality is that all that we do we are to do to the glory of God, and that includes Work. Even after we are no longer working, and entering into the realm of retirement, we are still commissioned to serve the Lord with our lives. My friends, do not look at what you are doing at work as useless, understand that your job and your effort at your job, not only can bring glory to God, but you should see what you do as a calling from God to serve Him.

5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7 With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men… A. The Principle of Subjection. Characterized by obedience. Characterized by fear and trembling. Characterized by sincerity.