A FAITH THAT WORKS
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
It is light on the ears to hear uplifting words and encouraging verses regarding our faith. For we all know that our God has won. We were made whole again and our relationship with the Father was restored through the grace given to us by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.
But do we truly know so that His words take root in our hearts and are enlivened in our actions? Do we show His grace as we live our everyday lives at home, at work, and wherever else He takes us?
I recently found myself falling in love with His word and repeating these, as a form of service, to friends and family. I applied these to work though not completely. For His words merely lingered on my lips and stayed only in my ears.
I did not apply the love He wanted me to impart to my co-workers. When projects and work responsibilities came at me in full force, I found myself crumbling. I succumbed to throwing anger, frustrations, and judgments at my co-workers. His patience did not appear. His hope dissipated. And the love He used to save my life with was forgotten.
I believed in the enemy’s words that work is heavy and that it is only a necessary evil. When responsibilities became too much, I held on to what I was comfortable with – going on social media or reading random articles online. I wasted so much time and became angry at the work given to me, which resulted in half-baked end results of some of my projects.
It took a scolding from a co-worker, some passive-aggressive words from another co-worker, and most importantly, a month long of services discussed around the topic of God and work before I finally and once again, surrendered myself to Him.
Work as God’s Blessing
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it
all the days of your life.”
Genesis 3: 17
Our stress comes from sin-laced work. There is nothing wrong with work. It is a blessing from God. The first thing God does after He created us is to give us work. He gave us dominion over all His creation. Work is part of God’s original purpose for us.
… Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground
Genesis 1: 28
Finding God at Work
I forgot how long I prayed to God to bless me with a job when things became too hard at work. It did not occur to me that He gave this work to me as a gift that I needed to take care of and prosper.
There is a reason that God placed me at this company. It is here that I will instill His excellence and love in the job that I am doing and with the people that I am working with. It is my mission field.
He never said we will not go through trials and hardships, but He promised His presence.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I need to experience pain and challenges at work because this is where He will show His glory. There used to be a foreboding sense of guilt every time I knew I was wasting my work time with social media or with half-baked commitments. Now, I use the call of this temptation to run closer to God.
I’ve been praying more and I’ve noticed that I am not so tired at work now. I’ve been better with time management. I am more grateful.
Do you glorify God at work? Do you instill excellence in the responsibilities entrusted to you? How do you seek Him when you are tired?
Aisa has lived in many different parts of the world but the one place she considers home is the solace of God’s love. He blesses her everyday so she in turn wants to be a blessing to other people and lives by the Genesis 21:6 verse, “God has given me laughter and everyone hears about this will laugh with me.” URL/Website:https://aisafromasia.wordpress.com/