"Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people"
- Colossians 3:23
This is something that we all fall victim to, no matter our spiritual beliefs. We want what we want now and we want it to satisfy our own indulgences. Do you want that brand new sports car to improve your status and feel luxurious? Or do you want that car to help you serve others.
Last night Jon and I had a conversation about what we base certain decisions and choices on. The more we grow in our faith, the more I am finding myself going to God for even the smallest of choices. And of course big ones. I've chosen to give up cursing because of Proverbs 31:46 (She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.). I choose not to get belligerently wasted because the bible warns against indulging in wine. “What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.' " Matthew 15:11. I choose to portray the fruits of the spirit when I can because God granted us the freedom to do so (Galatians 5:22-23).
Do I use the Lord for all decisions? No. I wish. But I desire deep in my heart to work for His glory and not my own. Will I ever 100% live out those words? No, not ever. But I can strive and try and pray. There are so many times in my life I've made a decision and immediately regretted it and felt the need to repent. I am a sinful person. But I find myself wanting to please God in so many random aspects of my life and I can sense growth in my dependence on Him.
You may hate your job but God is giving you the opportunity to serve Him with joy, grace, and character. Each of us was given a gift that's purpose is to glorify His name.