29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.
When I read this verse, some other verses about working and giving glory to God popped into my mind; I began to really study.
Do you think that God really cares what kind of "workmen" we are? Is our work really important to Him? Should we act and react in any certain ways in our workplace, because we are Christians? Is this something that we should view as important, whether we work outside or inside the home?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes! (To all four questions, I mean!)
Today I hope you will join me in opening the Bible and searching for some "proofs." It's important to know what we believe, and it is equally important to know why we believe it! You may want to include some of these in your journal if you keep one (and I hope you do!).
First of all, we are called to be excellent workers. It doesn't matter if we are working in our house raising children or grandchildren, making a home, or running a small business. It also doesn't matter if our work is outside the home, in any vocation. We are called.
Check out these verses:
II Chronicles 31:20-21
Secondly, we are representatives of God and His kingdom. Somewhere, sometime, there is someone watching you --- it's up to you to be a good testimony to what God has done for you!
Here are your verses:
I Thessalonians 4:11-12
I Corinthians 6:20
Lastly --- who are we working for? For God, not for man. Check these out to confirm this fact:
I Corinthians 10:31
I know that digging is hard work, but I think the results are great! You never know when one of these verses will come to mind and help you.
We have an awesome opportunity to elevate what we do, from drudgery or commonplace, to something that will glorify Him! He wants to work with us; He wants to bless the work of our hands; and He wants to allow us to bring glory to His name.
This reminds me to look at my work in a different way -- how about you?