Do Your Job

At the end of the recent National Football League campaign, it came down to two teams vying for the championship. One, from the west coast of the US, was the reigning champion. On the other side of the field was an east coast team, a regular in the upper atmosphere of championship contests.

th-4The airwaves were filled with controversy as one of the teams was accused (not very convincingly in my opinion) of cheating. Their coach constantly played one theme in the ears of his players: “Do Your Job.” The slogan caught on. When the New England Patriots won that game – and the Super Bowl Championship – banners started appearing with the motto, “Job Done.”

We over at Lifework Forum have been saying the same thing for years. For as long as I can remember our website – in its various incarnations – has carried the phrase,

The name Lifework Forum comes from the concept that a person’s life is his or her work. As with an artist’s lifework, one ought to be able to look back over what has been produced and see the expression of their worldview. For theChristian, that means clear evidence of the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

Recently we have added the phrase, “make your life your work.” What does this mean? Do your job. Long before Bill Belichick, coach of the Super Bowl champions, began extolling the virtues of disciplined labor, this was a Biblical concept. In Colossians 3:17 we can read:

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, the Apostle Paul went so far as to include the joys of mealtimes to the mandate, writing,

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

A Christian’s life is intended to be a life of service to God. Paul exhorted his Christian brethren, including those of us alive today,

…to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do your job. This may be preaching, digging ditches, baking cakes, teaching in a school – or at home. It may be running a fortune 500 company or selling hot dogs in the park. The point is that there are no jobs without dignity if they are done to the glory of God.

Do You Job, brothers and sisters . And thank God you have one.

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