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Where you come third.
Food for Thought
Work, God, and the
Meaning of Life are
You might be surprised to know that the Apostle Paul spoke positively about a
lawyer - Zenas! Even to the point of making sure that he lacked nothing in his
work (don’t worry, I don’t exploit this and drive a 1998 pickup truck).
God considers our work important and for his glory. That is, my work is part
Titus 3:13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their
way; see that they lack nothing.
of my vocation. My calling. And I hope that your work is part of your calling
too. If it is not, maybe you were not aware that your work matters to God! Did
If God is intimately involved in whether a sparrow falls, and the number of hairs
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one
of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the
hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of
more value than many.
on your head are important to God, and, Jesus says you are more important than
many hairs, it follows that our work, what we spend much of our life on (and
lose many hairs over!) is also important to Him.
Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 10:31 says that, "So, whether you eat or drink, or
whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Therefore, our work is for the
glory of God! It is designed to make God look good. What an honor that is.
Did you know that God wants you to have joy?
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires
of your heart.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence
there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in
you, and that your joy may be full.
I think most people intuitively know that we were designed to experience true
joy, but are surprised that God wants us to have joy. Here is how far French
philosopher Blaise Pascal, writing in the 17th century, goes in describing this
innate need, and Who it is that can meet it:
"All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different
means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to
war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with
different views. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of
those who hang themselves."
"There once was in man a true happiness of which now remain to him
only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his
surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in
things present. But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can
only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by
If you would like True Joy and Meaning in your life, here are two excellent
If you have already found True Joy, here is my favorite exhortation to go even
further in finding joy - prepare to be enthralled and challenged by God!!!