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Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women.
- Ephesians 6:7 (NRSV)
In my late twenties, a few years after I had committed my life to Christ, I was working as a computer programmer for a large company. One day I had been so unsuccessful in searching for an error in a computer program I had written that I began to question my vocational choice. I remember praying, “Lord, I would prefer to serve you full time.” I had always thought that God called only pastors, church workers, and missionaries to full-time Christian service. But that day, I sensed God telling me, “You already serve me full time. I have placed you with this company.”
I learned from this experience that God delights in our honest work in various occupations. God calls some people to serve as pastors and church workers. God also calls Christians to serve in their homes and in many different workplaces.
In whatever we do, we can work at it enthusiastically as if for the Lord and not for people. (See Col. 3:23.) We are called to serve with integrity, a positive attitude, and ethical work habits so that in whatever our occupation, we will bring glory to God.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room