What would you consider to be your dream job? Whatever it is, I am sure that it would be one that fulfills you, that utilizes use your gifts, that energizes you, that provides for you, that rewards you, and fills you with a sense of purpose. Some people search for their entire career for such a job. But what if you stopped looking for that job and started making the job you have a dream job?
The way you treat your job will greatly affect the trajectory of your career. In no way do I suggest that you should not try to advance, learn, get better, and grow your career. Nor do I suggest that your first job should be your eventual landing place. I worked as a gas station attendant, a telemarketer, and a roofer while preparing in college for my calling to ministry. Those were honest, admirable jobs, but they were not my final destination.
God gives us a biblical blueprint for his purpose in our work in the book of Genesis. As a part of the creation story, he shows us his plan for our work, no matter what it is.
Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (ESV)
1. See Your Work as a Divine Appointment.
When God “put” Adam and Eve in the garden, he did this as a part of his divine purpose. Work is a gift from God and it is imbued with a sense of calling. The Hebrew work is translated “put” 155 times in the Old Testament, but 16 times it is translated “appoint.” When you see your work as a Divine Appointment from God, it helps you stay aware of his calling on your life. He has you there for a reason. Perhaps it is to minister to someone who needs you. This may not be your final job, but you must always see God plan for you while you are there. This keeps our lives rooted in faith and trusting God.
2. See Your Work as Rest.
When God puts something in place, he expects it to rest there until he moves it. In fact, the word “put” sometimes reflects the idea of “being put at rest.” I can rest in my work when I rest in God’s grace. Of course, resting at work does not mean being lazy at work. It means that you are resting in God for provision and purpose. Don’t be anxious about your work. Rest in God’s purpose and provision for you. Trust him to help you do a great job by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ. When you trust him, you can relax. You find rest rather than stress.
3. See Your Work as Service to God.
God commanded Adam to work the ground in Garden of Eden. “Work” can also be understood as “service.” It is the same word used to describe the work that Israel's priests did before God. The Apostle Paul captured this sentiment in Colossians 3:23 when he wrote, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (NLT)
4. See Your Work as Worship.
When God told Adam to work the ground, the command was clearly tied to worship. Is your work to be seen as work or worship? It is to be understood as both! There is a reason that “work” also means "service" to God. Adam was tasked with the work of taking care of God’s creation, but he was also to see his job as an act of worship to the Creator.
When you follow God’s blueprint for your work it creates a sense of Divine calling, purpose, and worship. This allows you to rest in God’s grace and to love the job you have!