Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Work is a normal part of life. God placed Adam in the garden to work the ground and keep it in order (Genesis 2:15). Many of the people we read about in the Bible had vocations. David was a shepherd who became king. Abraham had flocks. Ruth gleaned leftovers from a relative’s field to take care of herself and Naomi. Some people worked outside of their home while others worked inside their home or volunteered to take care of others.
God has gifted each of us with talents and abilities. It is easy to think our job doesn’t mean as much if we are not volunteering at the local church or spending our time serving others. But there are more people who work outside the church than inside it. Everything we do can be used to bring God glory.
God calls us to put our whole heart into our work because of who we are working for. It may appear we are working for man, but in reality we are working for God. He can use anything we do to make a difference in the world around us. Our work ethic can be a witness to others. It can be used to set us apart from the unbelievers in the world. Remember who you are working for.