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‘In all to which you set your hand.’ Deuteronomy 28:8 NKJV

The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means ‘to be called’. It has come to denote a ‘spiritual calling’. Every vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. And once you start to see your job in that light, you’ll find it easier to believe God wants to bless you on the job. So with that in mind you need to:

(1) Pursue work compatible with your gifts. ‘If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised.’ (1 Peter 4:11 NIV)

(2) Learn everything possible about your job. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ (Proverbs 1:5 NIV)

(3) Recognise God as your true employer. ‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does.’ (Ephesians 6:7–8 NIV)

(4) See work as God’s gift, not punishment. ‘When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.’ (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV)

(5) Use criticism to your advantage. In fact, make it work for you. Ask for suggestions and correction. ‘If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honoured.’ (Proverbs 13:18 NLT)

(6) Do more than expected. ‘If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.’ (Matthew 5:41 ESV)

(7) See the Lord as your work partner. Stay Christ-conscious throughout the day as you perform your duties, and ‘the Lord will command the blessing on you… and in all to which you set your hand.’

SoulFood: Acts 24–26, Mk 5:21–30, Ps 94:1–11, Prov 11:14–15

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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