Sermon of the week Joyless jobs
by By REV. MATT SINGLETON Pastor, First Baptist Church, Skidmore
Feb 12, 2012 | 470 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I don’t know the statistics, but I have found that many people do not like their job. It seems that toleration is the best you can hope for and joy in your occupation just seems out of the question.

There are a variety of reasons folks feel this way. It could be low pay or poor working conditions or a boss who is a dictator or employees who are incompetent. I’m sure you could probably name at least a few more reasons why Monday is the most hated day of the week. This kind of thinking often leads us to believe that work is a scheme of Satan to steal our joy. Yet, that is not what we find in the Scriptures. Instead we find that work was part of God’s perfect plan before Satan ever slithered up to Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:15 states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

That’s right, works is not of the devil after all. It is only after sin enters the world do we find work is cursed (Genesis 3:17-19). The good news is that Jesus came to reverse the curse! That includes the curse of work. All to often though Jesus is left at church on Sunday and never makes it with us to work the next day.

The presence of Jesus with us at work is key to having joy on the job (even if it seems impossible to have joy in the job). Listen to Psalm 16:11, “you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” When Jesus is with us at work we can have joy as we work. This may seem trite, but there is power in His presence. That means that in every tortuous task or joyless job we have the presence of Jesus with us and in us.

In every difficult situation we can and should push further into Jesus, leaning on Him for wisdom (James 1:5) and comfort (Philippians 2:1). The more difficult the job the more we need His presence and the more of His presence we experience the more joy we will have in our lives.

No wonder James 1:2 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” So, I encourage you to simply invite Jesus to make His presence known to you throughout your work day. I bet that is a prayer He is happy to answer!
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