John Tyndall was a nineteenth-century physicist who was highly respected and widely recognized for his scientific research in physics. He was the author of seventeen books, and his work led to many discoveries that advanced our knowledge about the universe. Many believe that it was his work that led to an interest in studying the science of physics.
Once a colleague asked him, “Where did your greatest inspiration come from?”
“A servant,” he replied casually. “Every morning he’d knock at my door and say, ‘Arise, Sir! You have great work to do today.’”
We do, too.
Paul talks about the attitude and perspective we who are Christians should possess. “Work hard,” he says, “and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people.” In other words, focus on what you are doing to honor God, not praise from people.
Ever since the dawn of creation, God has given us work to do. And, if we view this work as Paul asks us to view it, it will be done as an act of service and worship to our Creator. Having this view of our daily responsibilities will take away much of the drudgery and dissatisfaction that often makes our work boring and appear meaningless to us. We might even end our complaining and have less resentment for what we do. If we believe that God has called us to do whatever we are doing, we will gain a new perspective on life. Life then becomes all about Him, not us!
Prayer: Lord, give us thankful hearts, healthy bodies, and sound minds that enable us to work. May we see all that we do as an opportunity to bring You honor and glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people. Colossians 3:23-24