“Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18
Sheridan Voysey writes on how we should begin to see our work as a labor of love. She speaks about a women who is highly dependent on elevators to help her get to where she is going. “And while this love stops us from lying, stealing and abusing others (Leviticus 19:11, 14) it also changes how we work… In Sarah’s case, those who fix elevators and drag out ramps aren’t doing inconsequential tasks but offering important services to others.”
Voysey is correct here in her devotional. Our jobs, our every day tasks become holy when we see our work in view of loving our neighbors. Those who work building roads and homes should do so to the best of their abilities in order that they are done well so people can travel to and from work and come back to homes they’re able to find peace and shalom in. Your job no matter how meaningless you find it to be can be done with an attitude of service towards your fellow man.
When I drive up to McDonald’s I pray they make me a sandwich that they would be proud to eat themselves. It would be awkward for a worker to serve something they themselves would not eat. In light of this understanding, a McDonald’s coworker is serving me as they would themselves (or at least we hope so)! So why work with a mindset of service? Why work to the best of our abilities in what we might consider meaningless jobs? Because we ultimately are called by God to serve Him by serving our neighbor. To love him by loving our neighbor.
Your work is not unimportant. It is important work because your work is towards God. Your work serves his creation. Your work will claim it is unimportant and not noteworthy. It will call you to ignore it, to put in minimal effort. It will call you to ‘eat, drink and be merry’ for tomorrow no one will care.
Friends, fight against this mentality and this call towards apathy. Fight against it for we are sons of the Most High God. The one who lives in the light and who served us with everything we had. We serve a God who didn’t hold anything back from us, not even his own son. May we be a people after God’s own heart, not holding anything back, but giving our all, even our menial tasks to the glory of God! We are now children of perfection! May that perfection seep into every area of our lives, including work so we may love our community as ourselves.
Prayer for the day: “Father, a job is never just a job to You but an opportunity to love You and serve others. Help me see my work as an opportunity to benefit others today.”
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.