Let’s assume for a minute that you work from age 25–65.
Now, let’s say you work eight hours a day, five days a week during that time. Go ahead and throw in about three weeks a year for vacation and personal time. If you do the math, you’ll end up with 78,400 hours of work over four decades.
To put it another way, you’ll spend almost nine years of your life earning a paycheck.
And that’s exactly why your job needs to be more than a paycheck. Nine years is way too much time to spend on something you can’t stand. It’s an investment that’s got to pay off with purpose.
You’ve got to be doing work that matters. Here are six things to think about to make sure your work is working for you.
1. Your work matters to God.
Work was God’s idea from the beginning. He put Adam and Eve in the garden to take care of it (Genesis 2:15). Now that was work that mattered! But even today, believers ultimately work for the Lord, no matter what job we hold (Colossians 3:23). Performed in an act of worship, our work is continual service to God. Chris Brown reminds us, “There's nothing non-spiritual about getting a non-ministry job and serving.”
2. Work allows you to provide for your family.
After the tithe, our first financial priority is to meet the needs of our family. If we don’t, the Bible says we’re worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8). Work makes it possible for us to provide for the ones God puts under our care.
3. Work lets us make a difference in the world.
It’s tempting to think that God just blesses stuff that happens outside the office. But our work matters because of the impact it can have on the lives of others. It’s ministry where we get to use our time and talents to change the world—our jobs are a platform for evangelism and for loving the people around us.
4. Work gives us purpose.
God has a plan for all of us (Jeremiah 29:11). He’s also the One who gives us the ability to work (Deuteronomy 8:17-18). So, as we fulfill His plans through what He’s given, we find our purpose. Remember, work is His gift to us—not a punishment for the Fall. We were created to work for God’s glory and for His purposes.
5. Work teaches us lessons we can’t learn anywhere else.
Where else can you learn how to work with a team and persevere under pressure? Use creativity and develop self-discipline? Submit to authority and lead well? Work makes all that possible.
6. Work affects the legacy we leave.
You are leaving a legacy in every area of life—including work. Your words and attitudes are shaping how your kids think about work, either positively or negatively. So, what’s your legacy look like right now? How is your attitude about your job influencing your family?
Too many people go through life excited on Friday afternoons and desperate on Sunday nights. Believers should be flipping that script because our work really matters.
As you think about your work, pursue it with passion. And if you can’t be passionate about what you’re doing, God might be trying to tell you something. If your heart has already left the building, it might be time for your feet to follow.
Find work that matters—something that’s about more than simply collecting a paycheck.