Work. Depending on your experiences, background and upbringing, this word either traumatizes you or energizes you when you read it. When we look into God’s Word though, work is essentially a good thing. In fact, the very first thing recorded as having been done by God was work. After He was done creating, the Bible says that “on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done.” (Genesis 2:2)
One of the great journeys of life is ‘discovering’ one’s purpose, i.e. the work that one was created to do. We all have gifts and talents. Some may seem grand and some may seem somewhat insignificant but they all matter in the big picture. However, it’s not enough to just discover our gifts. Once we have discovered (and I’m not suggesting that this discovery comes easily at all), we have to work hard and be diligent in growing and making full use of what God has given us.
“Observe people who are good at their work— skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone.” (Proverbs 22:29 – The Message)