“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
Read: Mark 12:38-41
Listen: Mark 12
All work has a higher purpose. The Bible teaches us work is way more than a paycheck or way to showcase our skills and intellect. Work is anything we do to bring order out of chaos—and one of the most significant ways we show and receive God’s love.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” (Matthew 7:12a). We usually don’t see the Golden Rule as being directly related to our work. Author and Pastor Timothy Keller says, “there may be no better way to love your neighbor than to simply do your work…” and do it well. Who of us is not grateful for the mail delivered on time, the kitchen cleaned up when we get home, or the cashier who is efficient and cheerful?
Without God in the picture, our view of work is that it’s a necessary evil. But work reflects God’s character and heart. The higher work purpose is to love God by loving others. Folding laundry is loving our family, picking up after ourself is loving our roommates, and mowing our lawn is loving our neighbors.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Timothy Keller tells us we should always be asking, “How with my abilities and existing opportunities, can I be of greatest service to other people?” Ask God to give you a specific opportunity today to serve someone.
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