At the beginning of the month, I posted a selfie on social media as part of the #RockYourJob Contest. I wrote in the caption how I work for the Lord in my marketing job, but there are other ways we can all glorify God in what we do aside from what earns us our paycheck. In order to do that, we have to understand what exactly our jobs are.
First Job: Disciples of Jesus
If you think you’re unemployed, think again. First and foremost, our primary job is to follow Jesus and be His disciples. Jesus calls us to confess Him as our Savior, take up our crosses and follow Him so that we might have life everlasting (Matthew 16:24-26, John 3:16).
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39).
If we get this down, we’ll rock any other jobs we take on.
Second Job: Family Responsibilities
Our next responsibilities are to our families as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. You can also include friends in this category. In Scripture, we’re given tasks and guidelines for how to carry out these jobs.
I’ve shared these verses on Boundless before, but one of my favorite passages along these lines is Romans 12:9-21, which challenges us to live peaceably with all, leave wrath and vengeance to God, give to those in need, weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.
Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church, and wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord (Ephesians 5:22-30). Children are to obey their parents, and fathers are not to provoke their children to anger but discipline out of love (Ephesians 6:1-5).
Third Job: Career
Finally, our third category of jobs is careers. If we’re serving Christ, loving our neighbors as we love ourselves and running a biblical household, this part should be easy. In our work, we should follow the 10 Commandments and refrain from lying to our co-workers, bosses and customers; stealing from the workplace; or coveting another’s possessions, position or income.
We are also tasked with displaying fruits of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
In everything we do, we represent Christ. Our Christianity is not reserved for Sunday mornings and mid-week Bible studies but should be on display every day of the week. As a Christian, I place visible reminders around our apartment so I’ll remember the importance of prayer and grace. As a wife, I try to support and encourage my husband to the best of my ability.
In my job as a marketing assistant, I try to spread cheer by greeting everyone who walks in the door with a smile. I remain truthful in my news releases and how I quote my co-workers and superiors so they know I am trustworthy. I strive to meet my deadlines because I recognize that above all else, I work for God.
Because we are Christians, we are never unemployed. We are called to share the news of Jesus wherever we go. Our lives, represented by our words and our actions, are one of the biggest testimonies to our faith. God is always watching, and He is always with us no matter what we’re doing. Our jobs as believers never end as we continually strive to follow Jesus and become more like Him.
How do you #RockYourJob?