For people of the world, work is often looked upon as a drudgery, something unpleasant that you are forced to do, something to be avoided. But work gives us an opportunity to develop our character and build upon our skill sets. It keeps us busy so that we don’t have opportunity to get into trouble, or it keeps us from developing bad habits such as laziness. In short, it makes us into better people. Work was always part of God’s plan from all indications in the Bible. In the very beginning, before the fall, Adam was busy naming all the animals, and it looks like God had Adam doing something tending to the plants or animals around the Garden of Eden. It was only after the fall that work apparently became difficult. From that moment, we would earn our living by the sweat of our brow, indicating that work was now to be difficult, which it apparently was not before the fall. Also, our work from that point on would be against various obstacles, so there would always be resistance that would keep work from ever being easy.
But work is still necessary for us to develop our character and for us to do something useful to work out our place in this world. Each of us comes with unique talents and a unique perspective, so there is something special that we each bring to this world that no one else can quite bring to the world, so each of us is a part of God’s greater plan for humanity. Moreover, for the Christian, work is our chance to show the world something about who we are as Christians and something about who our God is. In all the things that we do in this world, whether work or hobbies, or whatever our hand finds to do, we are always acting as God’s ambassadors, communicating something to the world about the Awesome God that we serve. Additionally, our work is to be done as if we are working directly for God. So we should always approach work as an opportunity to show God how much we love Him and to try to give something back to Him in appreciation for all that He does for us on a daily basis.
I pray that you will find joy in your work and that you will be able to witness to the world of the Mighty God you serve as well as finding a chance to show Him how much you love Him by the excellence that you put into your work.