It isn’t easy having a good attitude at work some days. Mondays always seemed tough – after a couple of days off, it is hard getting out of bed early to go to a job that you may not like very much. And of course, if it has been a three-day weekend, it seems twice as tough. After being on vacation for an entire week or two or three? You just as well hand me a pair of pliers and have me start yanking my teeth out one by one, or to pull out my tongue with said pliers. I know what it is like in the secular world – I worked there for a long time! It can also be that way in spades in a ministry position, too.
Where art thou, o motivation?!?!?!
How we view what we do is vitally important. It gets to our attitudes and motivations – the reasons we do the things we do. We often separate our faith life from our secular life and that’s a mistake. As Christians, all of our life is to be centered around Jesus – and whatever we do is to be done for Him and His glory – not ours. The following holds true whether you are talking about secular work or ministry work:
Someone has said there is a huge difference between having a job at church and having a ministry at church.
If you are doing it because no one else will, it’s a job. If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.
If you’re doing it just well enough to get by, it’s a job. If you’re doing it to the best of your ability, it’s a ministry.
If you’ll do it only so long as it doesn’t interfere with other activities, it’s a job. If you’re committed to staying with it even when it means letting go of other things, it’s a ministry.
It’s hard to get excited about a job. It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry.
An average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great church is filled with people involved in ministry.
How do you view what you do in your church? How do you view your daily work? Whatever we do, in word or deed, we are to do it in such a way that we are presenting it to God as a gift!
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10
PRAYER: Lord, it’s the middle of the week right now and we’re getting tired and worn down yet again. Help us to have positive attitudes and godly motivations for what we do that people will be amazed at our effort and you can receive the glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>