Enjoy the Sweat of Labor (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 278)
Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NLT)
And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
In a world that is increasingly overstressed and overworked, it is often hard to truly enjoy the results that our hard work brings. Work itself was given to Adam as a curse because of his disobedience. And ever since that time, many people continue to view work as a burden, a curse, as something to do just enough of to make the most amount of money and to get over with the sweat and toil as quickly as possible.
God intends for each of us to work, but not to work doing just anything. He wants us to work diligently, consistently, and faithfully at doing the things he has given us the ability, talent, and skill to do. This does not mean you can’t do other things or that you have to wait for perfect conditions and timing to fulfill the specific call God placed on your life. It does mean that you need to spend each minute of your life doing what you do as if you were doing it for the Lord.
Many people complain of not having enough time in their day or not feeling energetic enough to accomplish all they have on their agendas. The cause of this is usually that they are doing things God never intended for them to do. You will find yourself frustrated, irritated, and drained if you step outside of God’s will to pursue your will or someone else’s will. People will try to turn you into something or someone that you are not. It is your responsibility to not waste time doing things God did not intend for you to do or getting stuck doing even good things in the wrong way.
As believers, we need to learn to enjoy your work, celebrate the success that comes from sticking with something until it is accomplished, and be willing to go the extra mile if necessary to reach our goals. There will be moments in your life that seem extra tough or exceptionally difficult. You need to remember, however, that every single moment of your life is a gift from God. he doesn’t want you to miss out on living the life he intended for you to live by doing a little bit of everything in an attempt to find our place in the world.
If you’re worn out all the time, take a look at your to-do list. If you’re stressed out more often than you’d like to be, reevaluate your priorities in life. Ask yourself if you’re spending your time and talent doing God’s will for you or someone else’s will for you. If you’re always busy with no break, no rest, no relaxation, dump your load at the feet of Christ and ask him for guidance in your life. He will willingly give you a renewed sense of purpose and peace.
“The purpose of life is to fulfill the will of God.”
— Sunday Adelaja