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Don’t Waste Your Work

In the 16th century, God used Martin Luther to bring about the Protestant Reformation, a movement that launched many of the church denominations we know today. History tells of a man who came to know Jesus as a result of Martin Luther’s teaching and asked this great preacher how he should spend the rest of his life.

Luther asked, “What is your work now?”
The man replied, “I’m a shoemaker.”
Luther responded, “Then make a good shoe and sell it for a fair price.”

Solomon tells us much the same thing in Ecclesiastes 5:18. God has made as many truck drivers, accountants, engineers, factory workers and doctors as He made preachers. We aren’t an oversight on His part. We are all essential to God’s plan to redeem the world.

I would not be a great foreign missionary, but I love being an engineer. While one man preaches and teaches on the plains of Africa, I get to preach and teach through my actions in the office. Every day, God puts me next to people who need what I do and need to know Him. The same is true for you. We can find joy in our “toil,” knowing God has an eternal purpose in our work, whatever we do.


  • Have you ever thought of your workplace as a mission field? How does that change the way you see your boss, your coworkers or your clients?
  • Colossians 3:23 tells us to work with all of our heart, as working for the Lord, not just for other people. How would the way you approach your work be different if you thought about it as working for the Lord?

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