Why do you go to work? To support your family or pay financial obligations? To fund your chosen lifestyle? To fill time between weekends? To achieve a sense of self-worth?
Although these reasons have merit, there is far more to work than simply showing up each day, performing assigned responsibilities, and receiving a paycheck. In many ways, work has intrinsic meaning – and purpose.
In the first chapter of the Bible, God is portrayed as a worker: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Later in that chapter we see God establishing work for mankind: “So God created man in his own image…. ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.'”
Compensation from work helps to provide for our physical needs. And through our work, we can obtain a measure of satisfaction, significance, recognition, even happiness. But the greatest value of our work lies in what we can do for others.
We each have a unique mix of talents, skills and gifts that enable us to function in the workplace in very special ways. The word “vocation” literally means “calling,” and through our work we fulfill our calling to serve God and other people.
The Bible tells us, “Whatever you do, do your work as for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). It also provides numerous examples of how our work benefits and enhances the lives of others.
Whether you are a top executive, manager, sales associate, administrator, professional person, or have another role – your work truly matters to God, and to everyone affected by what you do. CBMC International desires to help you to fully understand the value of your work and how it can become even more meaningful.