What are you working for?

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." 28 Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." (John 6:27-29)

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)

The world works in order to obtain the things of this world. Christians are called by God to work in order to fulfill God's purposes.

Our fulfillment and blessing is in God's will. The devil will tell us we can find it somewhere else. The devil will tell us we need to work in order to get the "good things" in life. The devil will have us working because we "need money." God has us working because he wants us to bear fruit. God frees us to work to his honor and glory rather than work because we are anxious about our needs. Jesus tells us our Father in heaven knows our needs and takes care of us.

For Reflection & Sharing:

  1. Think about your activities throughout the week. Why do you do what you do?

  2. Does God want us to be able to say about everything: "I do this because God calls me to do this?"

  3. What are we to do about those things of which we are unable to say: "God calls me to do this?"

  4. We do not have to feel a special calling about everything we do in order to do it to God's glory. How does working unto the Lord change the most ordinary activities in our lives?

  5. What are some of the ways God wants you to trust him with your activities and work situation today?

Pray for each other!