Ephesians 4:28 - 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
I started making airplanes in 1986. It’s been honest work, but not terribly fulfilling. At the end of the day, it sometimes feels like little progress has been made. After all, tomorrow I’ll do almost the exact same thing, the exact same way. That’s how assembly lines work.
Paul instructs the Ephesians (and also us) that there is value in working with our hands. In another place he says that it is our duty to provide for our families, stating that not doing so is akin to unbelief (1 Tim. 5:8). Although, providing for our families isn’t the only reason we are to work. God wants us to be in a place to help others. Remember, we are never more like Jesus than when we’re helping others.
There are times when I “clock out” and I think to myself “What a waste of time,” but I must remember the words of Paul, that honest work is godly and being in a place to be able to help others is Christ-like. What does it look like for you to do honest work so that you can help others?
• Do you see your career as godly and honest work?
• How does honest work in your life translate into providing help to others?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for giving you your job and the ministry opportunity through it (in Jesus).