by Heather Tietz
Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.
Work. It’s our birthright. No matter what culture we’re from, work is destined. Without it, there’s no food, no instrument to attain food, no device to put it on. Without work there are no clothes, no cleanliness. Without work there is no structure for society, no order to governing, no enforcement of rules, no hope for peace. Work must happen.
Whether we are paid for it or not, working consumes much of our lives. If work is simply a means to an end, we simply work to survive, simply work for food, for things, for delayed freedom, for future pleasure, then we become slaves to the master Money. We sacrifice the best of our hours, our days to perishing things.
“Don’t work for the food which perishes,” Jesus says. Don’t spend so much time for things that break, fall apart, or decay.
Work for God. Put your heart into your daily job. Do your best for Him. Love your coworkers. Care for your customers. Uphold righteousness. Encourage your employer.
Give grace. Be patient and kind. Tune in your listening ear. Offer Jesus when the door opens. Work in such a way that Heaven is brought closer to those around you.