“But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17) (NKJV)
God created us for a purpose, for we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph. 2:10). God created us for work and as citizens of the kingdom of God we are expected to understand the difference between work and job.
God was the first person to ever work on this earth. He worked for six days creating the heavens and the earth (Gen. 2:1) and on the seventh day, He rested from all His work (Gen. 2:2).
We cannot separate God from work. In Psalm 19:1, God revealed Himself to the world by His work. God is a worker and He takes pleasure in the outcome of His work. The scripture tells us in Gen 1:1-31, that God saw that what He had created “was good”, because work is productive.
Man created in God’s image according to His likeness (Gen, 1:26) has been imputed with the capacity to work (John 14:12). We come to church to be equipped for work (Eph. 4:11-12). Work relates to the things of the kingdom (Matt. 6:33). Work is about transforming life.
We must not confuse our daily job with work. Job is good but remember that God is only going to reward every man according to his works and not his job (Matt. 16:27). Genuine promotion only comes from work (Prov. 22:29).
It is the work that we do in the place of executing our job that matters to God. Our job must be directed to advance the kingdom of God. We are supposed to fulfill our work in the course of our job, so that the needs of the kingdom can be met.
We can only succeed in what we do, when we are doing what God has called us to do. God will always provide us with all the resources we need to make us succeed in our place of work, to enable us fulfill His purpose for us in His kingdom.
Every good and every perfect gift that we have received (1 Cor. 4:7) comes from above (James 1:17), and it has been given to us to meet a need in the kingdom of God, that only you can do. That is why we are all different.
God is going to reward everyman according to his work and not his job (Ps. 62:12, Rom. 2:6 & Matt. 16:27). When our job is embedded into our work, then our job becomes our mission field. If we are positioned where God wants us to be, He will promote us regardless of our present situation (Ps. 75: 6-7).
God loves work, therefore as His sons, we must also work (John 5:17). Do not confuse your job with your work.