Work: Together with Purpose!

Work to Make a Difference

Together we grow for EternityWhat kind of work do you do? Do you work alone or with a group? I read an article recently where the author lamented why she disliked this question so much. She didn’t like explaining that she was a writer as the response received was usually a mixed bag and none really enthusiastic. When people do not understand a person’s work they generally respond negatively. As I reflected on this writer’s complaints I can certainly identify with what she says as I am sure anyone in a creative position can but it is important to recognize that there are no jobs that we truly do alone. We must realize that there are different types of work as much as there are different types of workers.

It is said there are three kind of workers, the pushers, the guiders and pullers, and the seat directors. Using the visual illustration of moving a piano this can clearly be seen. The first worker gets behind and pushes the piano while the second pulls and guides, the third grabs the piano stool and puts it in place. The goal is to move the piano and while each job has it particular qualities and difficulties the result ends with a moved piano. Too often in life we focus on the individual jobs and the personal accomplishments of ourselves. We attempt to fool ourselves that we can single-handedly accomplish great tasks when all work requires others input in some form or fashion.

How would our work be different if we understand that multiple people contribute to each type of accomplished job? What would happen if all the jobs we completed was at our best to please God? What if we rethought work and realize that our main mission in life is not to do our personal life’s work but God’s work in winning others to Christ? This week our focus verse clearly explains that our main mission in life isn’t an individual job. It takes all believers, each with our talents and gifts that God has given us, to work together sharing the good news of Christ. We all contribute to the great mission of God together to create a world full healthy followers.

God’s work on earth requires us to be a team player in order to grow His kingdom. We are made up as many parts as Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:14. If we each focus our God-given gifts and talents to winning others to Christ, the effects will be amazing for it is not the individual work that we do that makes the great difference but the work that we do together that will forever change the world. So whether we are a pusher, guider and puller, or a seat director it is important to remember that it takes all of us working together to win the world to Christ and truly make a kingdom difference.

The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 1 Corinthians 3:8 (NLT)

The Three R’s of Work

There are things to realize, recognize, and register once you understand that you are part of a team with no one person standing out greater than the others. This allows the focus to be placed on the work itself because the job continues to remain undone. A farmer once said, ”The hardest thing about milking cows is that they never stay milked.” Spreading the news of Christ will never end until He returns. So it is important that all you choose to do is with eternal merit.

The three necessary realizations, recognitions, and registrations needed to treat all work with the action of going forth with the message of God are important when considering what you do for Him.

  1. Realizing Help ”“ Realize that you need help. You cannot win the world to Christ by yourself. Not only do you need the strength of God you need other believers to work with you in a team concept.
  2. Recognizing Accountability – Recognize that there is an accountability. Teams are accountable to each other. You are to help others and allow others to help you in the work you do.
  3. Registering Unity ”“ Register in your mind that there is a great power in unity. When the day of Pentecost occurred something powerful happened because the people were spiritually united. It is important that you set this concept in your mind and draw strength from the power of unified believers.

Once you have realized, recognized, and registered your findings through help, accountability, and unity it is important that you remember who you do the work for. There are seven attitudes that should be avoided at all costs in order for the work to be done as directed. Don’t let your name be followed by an acronym.

  1.  NMJ – Not my job ”“ Winning others for Christ is everyone’s job
  2. NMM – Need more money ”“ Winning others for Christ costs nothing for the price has already been paid
  3. WCT – Waste Company Time ”“ Winning others for Christ is God’s company mission statement anything else is a waste of time.
  4. NMH -  New more help ”“ Ask for He is always with us and He doesn’t expect you do work alone.
  5. ACD – Always complaining and disagreeable ”“ Count your eternal blessings first followed with your earthly blessings and watch your complaints fall to the wayside.
  6. CWS – Clock-watchers’ syndrome ”“ In the end the question must be answered on how you spent your time on earth. Don’t let the final bell toil without your work on earth completed.
  7. PPP- Promises, promises, promises ”“ God upholds His it is important that you uphold yours.

Shed the acronyms, gather the realizations, recognitions, and registrations from the Kingdom perspective and be challenged by God to carry the awesome mission of the message of Christ. Convictions come in knowing that the work you do for God does not matter by job or position for you aren’t working alone. Just serve Christ to the best of your ability with the motivation knowing that you don’t have to stand out in order to stand up. Find the comfort you need in knowing that everything you do for God is equally important to the kingdom in God’s eyes.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

The work of Beethoven, and of a charwoman, become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly “as to the Lord.” This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the glory of God and a cock must crow.

Lewis, The Weight of Glory. C.S.

But whether composing or cleaning through it all there are others who contribute to the final work done.

Extra Study

Psalms 18:20, 62:12, Matthew 16:27, Romans 2:6

What are your thoughts? Join Us in Discussion

What are your thoughts on doing the work of God? Do you recognize that no job in winning others to Christ for the kingdom of God is more important than another? Have you recognized that all jobs for God have the same purpose? Join us in discussion on the work we do for God.

How God is working through your life?