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Work and God

Updated on July 26, 2014
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Bronwen was a teacher for over forty years. Degrees include School Librarianship, Psycholinguistics and Theology, and Applied Linguistics.

A Liebherr Crane in Germany
A Liebherr Crane in Germany | Source

God at Work

This title sounds good, but what does it mean? It seems to be ambiguous. Are we thinking of God at work in our lives or is it about God in our workplace?

Do we go to church to worship, to learn how God can work in our lives, or where He is in our place of work?

Many church services can include all three.

  • We can go to church to worship God.
  • We can learn about how God can be in our workplace.
  • We can learn about God's work in our lives as we strive to become better people.

Working or Serving?
Working or Serving? | Source
An Award for a Volunteer
An Award for a Volunteer | Source

Not Everyone Goes to Work

Quite a percentage of us do not go out from our homes to a workplace, we may work at home, we may be a stay at home parent, we may be seeking employment, we may be unable to be employed for some reason, or we may be retired.

If we do not go out to work,

  • Is what we do still work?
  • Is everything we do in our life work?
  • When we volunteer in the community, is it work?

In other words, how do we view what we do?

Worship and Work

When we worship God is it work?

After God had created the world and everything in it, we are told in the Bible that God rested. One of the Ten Commandments that God gave to His people through Moses, the Fourth Commandment, is about observing a day of rest. That is the day that we set aside to worship God in community, so when we worship God we are resting in Him and in fellowship with Him.

The Fishermen Rest their Nets
The Fishermen Rest their Nets | Source

God in Our Workplace

When we ask God to be with us in our workplace wherever that is, He will be with us. His Holy Spirit will guide us so that we always remember to act with honesty and integrity. However, we are human and not perfect; often there are events and people in our workplaces that make it difficult for us to be people of peace. Here, God's Son, Jesus, can be our Friend, beside us all day long. If we model our lives on Him and share God's love with those around us, it can greatly assist in our everyday interactions and lives.

God in the Workplace
God in the Workplace | Source

Not Me, But God

No one knows exactly when Theologia Germanica was first written, but it could have been in the late fourteen hundreds, as Martin Luther published an edition of it in 1516. That's a long time ago, but it can still speak to us today. In it, the author covers a wide range of theological issues and one of them is that in order to attain goodness we must eradicate "I, Me, Mine and the like" from our lives and our thinking. This is an age old problem and it is very much to the forefront today with everything seeming to focus on the self, from 'selfies' to blatant selfishness. We deplore this in others and often fail to see it in ourselves. When we feel an inner motivation to strive to become better people it is God at work in our lives.

Striving to be Like Jesus
Striving to be Like Jesus | Source

Heaven and Hell

The unknown author of Theologia Germanica also wrote that every person who waits upon God experiences both hell and heaven. That reminds me of King David. I once had an acquaintance who was a psychologist. He held that David's expression of a person's descent into hell and being lifted up to heaven in the Psalms would today be diagnosed as manic-depression!

Not so. David expresses so well for us what we all seem to experience at crucial points in our lives when disasters occur and we find ourselves virtually in a living hell from which there is no escape. Then, if we allow God to work in our hearts, he will lift us up out of the mire so that we can have a taste of heaven. This lifting up is not our work, it is the work of the God the Holy Spirit as He uses such circumstances to teach us and then to lead us onto the right path.

On the Path to the Top, Orchid Island, Taiwan
On the Path to the Top, Orchid Island, Taiwan | Source

Do you look on what you do as work or service?

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God at Work

God at work in our lives is not just for our own sakes but for the sake of others around us, so that we may be able to help them and that can be our privilege and our joy. It God's commission for us, but it is not our work, it is our service. By being obedient to God we serve Him, rather than work for Him. He is All-powerful and Almighty and can do His own work, our efforts are our service for Him. There really is a difference. When we serve God we sow the seed, but it is God who does the work and waters the seed, thus producing the fruit.

The work is God's.

Sowing the Seed
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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nevzat: So sorry I missed your comment before. Yes, and a simple life is the best kind.

      Charito1962: Ha! Yes, it does depend on the power of choice that God has given us, so that we choose the right kind of work. I love your first comment - beautiful! God bless you.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi, Ms. Bronwen! As a Catholic, I do believe that work is a means to reach God. A saint once said that if you offer up to God work that is well done - with all the human perfection you put into it! - it becomes holy. It is sanctified and very pleasing to God.

      But of course, it has to be honest-to-goodness kind of work. For instance, you can't sanctify pickpocketing, can you? Ha, ha!

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      Nevzat 3 years ago

      Aritcles like this make life so much simpler.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Joyette Fabien: Yes, I believe that, too. It's an important part of our lives. Thank you for your comments - and I love to share, although I haven't been on HubPages much lately, I've had a granddaughter staying with me.

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      Joyette Fabien 3 years ago from Dominica

      Great thoughts. I believe when we allow God to work through us, we have the ability to transform the workplaces and communities in which we live.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Jackie Lynnley: Thank you, and as you write, the love of our parents is but a shadow of our Heavenly Father's love for us.

      truthfornow: We are indeed blessed when the work we do follows our beliefs and values, when it does not always do that or if relationships with workmates are difficult, that is when we really need our faith to help us through.

      word55: Thank you so much! I appreciate lovely comments, too.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      This was a wonderful reading BlossomSB. I appreciate you!

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Interesting read. Having faith and the presence of God at work helps you deal with the hard times and difficult people. I find that if I am doing work that follows my beliefs and values that it is better than just having to work for a paycheck.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful write Blossom. If we understand the love for our parents then it is easy to understand the same with God and how much more so. We do for our parents from love and how easy is it to do for the One who gives us so very much not to mention eternity in Paradise. How could anyone turn that down?

      Up and sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: You have put it so well. Thank you for your affirming comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You have given me lots to ponder in regards to worship and work. I view my work place as an opportunity to use my talents to serve others and reflect my beliefs through my ethics.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      FlourishAnyway: Yes, we each have a calling and it is up to us to choose to accept it or not, but what joy we can receive when we follow it. God bless you.

      MsDora: Thank you! I guess in a way our work is our worship, or part of it; it can be one of the ways we can show our love for our Father in serving Him.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Didn't know what to expect from the topic, but you filled several cups with practical explanations of God's involvement in our lives--our worship and our work. Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      There have been times in my life when my work was definitely a calling, like I was put on earth to do precisely that. It did not pay the bills but it helped make the world a better place.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: Thank you, sweet Faith.

      Genna East: Thank you and God bless you.

      always exploring: Sometimes I think that being a human and having weaknesses is a pain, but then it makes us rely for our strength on our Heavenly Father.

      The Stages of ME: How lovely! Yes, we are blessed to be able to serve our Father and for showing us situations where we can use the opportunities that open up for us. God bless you, too, my sister in Christ.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Dearest Blossom ~

      I Love Love Love this hub and you too of course. How blessed we are to serve our beautiful Father and even more blessed to have Him do a work through us. I pray each day to be open to the work Christ would use me for, to Him be all the glory and honor. Thank you for clarifying this point to readers, He has surely done a work through you in this writing. Blessing always my sweet friend and sister in Christ

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      Ruby Jean Richert 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great and meaningful hub. I feel that God is always with me. I am certainly not perfect, but i do strive to be a better person each day. Serving and giving to others is a commitment for us all to keep. I must say you look happy in the picture, giving of your time. Thank you for sharing wisdom...

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As long as God is in our hearts, His work becomes ours. :-) Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Blossom,

      I went back and voted now : )

      Yes, Colossians 3:23 is to what scripture I am referring: "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,"

      God bless you too

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Ericdierker: Glad you enjoyed reading it.

      WillStarr: Thank you! It makes me think, too!

      btrbell: I do know that feeling! Sometimes we're inclined to ask, 'Where is God in all this?' I guess that's when we need Him most.

      Dbro: I do agree that personality clashes and relationships can be one of the most difficult things to deal with in our workplaces and 'Arrow' prayers have sometimes been the only way that I could achieve patience and cope in the situation. We are indeed blessed that we have that depth inside us when we're find ourselves in difficult jobs.

      Faith Reaper: Thank you so much for your beautiful and encouraging comments. You're quite right about the poll. Actually, as I was screening down, I noticed what a silly way I had put the question and edited it before reading your advice, but I'm so glad that you realised I hadn't thought that out properly! I love your thought that, ultimately, God is our supervisor in our work. It really does help to relieve the stress when we know this. Thank you for your perception and may God bless you, dear hub-friend.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio and Jodah: Thank you both for your comments. I guess it's part of knowing that God is with us wherever we go and that we are ultimately accountable to Him and that thought can be both scary and comforting!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Interesting and beautiful hub! Yes, we must die to self and allow God to do His work in us. It is certainly our service to God and not our work, as He does the work. I could not answer the poll as there is not a way to choose service?

      I have come to look at my job as not working for man but serving Jesus as He is truly my supervisor, and those in authority over me were placed in those positions by God for whatever reason I may not understand. This makes it easier for me to do my job to honor Him and glory Him and not man, as the scripture tells us... work as though we are working for the Lord and not man ... because we are doing such no matter where we may be physically.

      It has taken me a long time to realize such in my workplace, and things do not bother me as they once did when I know the one in charge is Jesus.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless you dear lady

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      Dbro 3 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed this hub very much, BlossomSB. Thanks for causing us to think about our role in the world. It is worthy to think of all our activities as ultimately being in service to God. It can help us distance ourselves from personality conflicts in our daily lives.

      It's refreshing to take a moment and think about deeper things than our usual daily grind engenders.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting article. There have been "jobs" I've been involved in that put God in the forefront and others that would require me to remember or choose to do that. Thank you git sharing!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful Hub, Blossom. You always make us think!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for a great hub.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub Blossom, really makes you stop and consider God's place in our lives wherever we are. Thanks for sharing.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      God at work.. it's a religion pull for me.. I leave it out of the workplace .. but keep it in my heart.. complicated.. but it makes me work free of guilt. I know sounds like a cop out..:) a great hub Blossoms.. makes one think about God or and religion at work voted inrteresting but awesome