JE # 28 – Why Do You Work?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

– Matthew 5:3

Many are confused by the term “poor in spirit”. The truth is, most of us are familiar with this phrase. To be poor in spirit is to be humble before God, to surrender to him, to accept God’s standard and follow them. It is to put God’s will first – not our will. We should let God lead us in all we think or do 24/7.

God is the Real Boss. He’s the one that we should aim to please in every task that we are assigned. The verse above simply says, we should give our best regardless of the pay we receive. We’re giving our best even though nobody is praising the job we’ve done.

For a supermarket cashier on a Christmas eve, it means smiling at the customers and treat them with great respect. For the internet surfer, it is the courage to resist the temptation to visit the web’s red district. For the manager, it is to put people above profits. For the call center agent, it is to answer the 999th call with great enthusiasm just like the first call.

Why? Because when we are poor in spirit, we no longer work for some company, for the pay or the promotion. It is working for the One who created our ability to work. We can experience the kingdom of heaven while here on earth. Being poor in spirit enables us to experience this kingdom within.

Jesus said in Luke 17:20-22

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

We need to change our mindset towards work. We work because we want to glorify God. Let’s ask God to give us a sense of purpose for everything that we do. 😉

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
– 1 Corinthians 10:31


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  1. aries_arevalo_ax Says:

    Age quod agis… Do what you are supposed to do. I agree that everything should be done FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD. Kaya sinasabi nila na Do your ordinary duties extraordinarily well, that extraordinarily well is done kasi inspired tayo by the Lord… Magandang reflection iyang post mo.

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