“I just feel so unfulfilled in my current job. I know I can do so much more.”
Can you relate? Around 75% of my consulting calls begin with words similar to this. So I thought these two reminders might be helpful for everyone.
Truth #1: Your job was never meant to fulfill you. That’s God’s job.
Yes, God created us for work. His Word gives plenty of instruction against laziness. But the Bible never tells us to find our identity, our security or our worth in the jobs we do. Those things are only available through Him.
So if we look to our work to make us feel valuable, we’re never going to be satisfied. We might as well volunteer to enter into a never-ending black hole of discontentment.
But God offers the satisfaction we’re longing for in Him alone – simply by basking in His presence and our belief in Him.
Meditate on these sweet words of real fulfillment:
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35
“In Your presence, there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
Truth #2: Purpose isn’t found in the task itself. It’s found in our attitude in which the task is done.
Elisabeth Elliot once wrote these words:
“Christian work is any kind of work, from cleaning a sewer to preaching a sermon, that is done by a Christian and offered to God. This means that nobody is excluded from serving God. It means that no work is “beneath” a Christian. It means there is no job in the world that needs to be boring or useless.”
The task shouldn’t determine our work ethic. The fact that God has positioned us into a particular place and time to do the work should be all the motivation we need to smile, roll up our sleeves, and find joy in bringing glory to our Father.
As 1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
So the next time we find ourselves wondering if God has really called us to this particular place, to do this task that “feels” so beneath us, let’s picture our Savior with a towel and water bowl as He washed His disciples’ dirty feet.
And let’s find our fulfillment as we strive to be more like Him, no matter the role or task. He’s enough.
Michelle Myers, Chief Instigator of She Works His Way
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