Day 8: Discernment at Work
As a pastor, I often envy those of us who get to spend all their time amongst non-Christians. I think some of my best God times have been in the workplace; when I sensed God saying, “Give _____ all the money in your wallet”. Or when I got to speak to one of my coworkers about why I don’t drink as much as the other guys. I remember the times I prayed for people going through rough times at work with such a sense of excitement.
With that said, when we think of great environments for hearing God speak, we think of “worship at church”. We don’t think “the workplace”; the busyness, deadlines & relational complexities make it really tough to hear God. However this shouldn’t be the case for the following reasons:
1. Work is a form of worship to God.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
The implication of these scriptures is that as we work hard, with great attitude and ethic, we transcend the secular world into the spiritual world of pleasing God. And it’s in that space of pleasing God that our hearts are most open to hearing Him speak.
2. Work is a space to co-labour with God
2 Corinthians 6:1
As God’s co-labourers, we beg you not to accept this marvellous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.
God wants to do life with you. If you’ve got deadlines, invite Him in and expect a bit of help! The scriptures say “the horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD”, which means, we prepare ourselves for every challenge; good planning and hard work lead to prosperity; we do as much as we can, but God brings about the success. He’s the X factor on all our gifts, talent and effort and He wants to co-labour with you.
So, knowing that God is pleased with us as we work, and knowing that He wants to be the X factor in our work, let’s expect Him to speak to us on the things that will make a difference at work. Today, lets pray this prayer,
“Lord, I want Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done at work, please tell me what You want me to do for that to happen.”
Then take a breather every few hours and ask God to speak to you about decisions that need to be made or people who need help or ways that you can serve and if you hear something, act on it. If not, keep working as an act of worship.