Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Word for Wednesday: A Job With Purpose

Monday night I was reading my daily devotional The Word For You. I accidently  read ahead for this week. Tuesday through Wednesday discussed being a "priest" at work. Before you sideeye me read on. Ya thought I was accepting the call to preach eh? #yougetaNeNesideye In the devotion a priest was described as one who represents God on behalf of others, and others on behalf of God. The scripture was referenced from Genesis 1:28 "Be fruitful... multiply...and govern." This scripture reminds us that we are all called by God to serve not just professional clergy or missionaries.

The devotional went on to state that our job is the primary place where our calling  gets lived out. Think about it. We spend 5 out of 7 days working (some are there everyday), surrounded by others, who are watching; oftentimes, our every move. When we claim to be a representative of Christ,  we must see His purpose and plan in placing us in our respective careers. #witnessanyone?

This is where I confront my previous negative attitude about teaching and recognize that I am doing work that has meaning. I can place myself in 1 of 3 categories.  The first is those who treat their job as such, a job that pays the bills and as a way to make money. Or as a career which can determine my self worth and finally as my calling, the place where I can be a blessing to my students and fulfill God's purpose for my life. I prefer category 3.

Last Wednesday after church my Big sister said to me that what I do for my students is honorable in the sight of God. My giving and pouring into them beyond academics is the work I do. . .with all my heart. . .as unto Him (Col 3:23 NIV). Despite the negatives of being an educator, I'm grateful for the gift of teaching and humbled to have the stage to impact lives. Even more so I know that I'm blessed that others recognize my classroom is my place/stage to be a reflection of God's love for our youth!!

Today upgrade the work that you do. Ensure that it is well done (Mt. 25:23). God gave you the job to fulfill your purpose in the earth! You're a "priest" at work.

In His Love,

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