You’re A “Priest” At Work (2)

“You are a…priesthood.”                  1 Peter 2:9 NIV

In his book, Habits of the Heart, sociologist Robert N. Bellah describes three attitudes people have toward their work.  The first group treats it as a job.  When you do this, you see it strictly as a way to make money and pay the bills.  Like the bumper sticker says, “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go,” but if your main focus is on what you receive from your work, you’ll most likely come to resent it.  The second group approaches work as a career.  Here your motivation will be higher, but your focus is on advancement and prestige.  That means, however, when your career isn’t going well it can feel like your self-worth is on the line.  The third group sees their job as their calling.  Now, logically speaking, if there’s a “calling” there must be someone making the call, right?  That someone is God.  You’re not the “caller,” you’re the “call-ee,” and any work that has meaning that can be a blessing to people and fulfills His purposes, is a calling.

A doctor or pastor might get sucked into treating work solely as a means of making a good income, therefore they see it as just a job.  On the other hand, a garbage collector may view what he does–making the world a cleaner place–as a calling.  We’re not downgrading the importance of those who stand in pulpits and preach, we’re upgrading the importance of those who serve God forty hours a week in other jobs.  Bottom line; when the job’s done well, both will hear the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23)

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today