This statement may shock you or surprise you: Work is a gift from God!
And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. (Eccl 5:19 NLT)
Our work is a blessing to us because through it, we receive finances, satisfaction, and fulfillment. We use our skills and talents to carry out our work, and we should actually enjoy making use of these talents.
The Bible shows us many, many passages that demonstrate that God, Himself, works. Here are a few of those passages:
All men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider His doing. (Ps 64:9)
Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (Ps 66:5)
I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. (Ps 77:12)
In life, as we pursue an education, it is for the purpose of building skills, becoming trained, and uncovering our gifts and talents. The more skilled and talented that we become, the more that we gain self-esteem, as well as a sense of purpose and accomplishment. In this way, we are happy to acknowledge that we have contributed something good to the world.
When we work to a high level of skill and excellence, we bring glory to God and honor to His name. When we work with a sense of joy and eagerness to discover solutions, we improve the environment of our workplaces. In cooperating with and respecting our co-workers, we quietly acknowledge that we’re all made in God’s image.
In such ways, we can contribute the love of God to those with whom we work, and thereby find favor in God’s eyes.