And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. – Colossians 3:17
With all that is currently going on in the world, it is easy to get lazy and not put in as much effort in school work; and working from home can give opportunities for laziness or sometimes, doing the bare minimum. But glorifying God is remaining faithful and remaining integral despite the circumstances.
Yes, it is possible to glorify God in all areas of your life, including your place of work, university or school – even if a lockdown is taking place. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us ‘whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ If we can bring glory to God through acts as simple as eating and drinking, what more at work, university and school.
So how can we ascribe worship and praise to Him, and recognise Him at our workplace or school? What can glorifying God at work or school look like? Here are five ways you can make sure you are focused and glorifying God at work, university or school.
‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.’ – Matthew 5:16
Do not be afraid to shine and do well and be all-round amazing! Watering yourself down is not a form of humility. When you are who God has made you to be, you are bringing glory to His name. You represent Him. You bare His name. Be great, work hard, put in effort and let all you do be excellent. If you’re good at something, that is wonderful; don’t feel like you have to be less good at it so God can be glorified. Jesus tells us to let our light shine so God can be glorified. God has placed a light inside of you that brings Him glory, which kings will come to. Do not shy away from being great. And don’t just do the bare minimum; go above and beyond, be proactive and intentional. And be you; you have a uniqueness from God that distinguishes you.
2. Be God-Conscious. Not Self-Conscious.
‘For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.’ Galatians 1:10
Being God-conscious means that you are aware of His commands and are faithfully obedient to them – despite what everyone else is doing; it means you are more concerned about pleasing God than anyone else. In the process of being God-conscious, you will live a set apart life. God is Holy and holiness sets you apart. Your colleagues/peers may talk about your boss or make fun of your lecturer/teacher and each other, but you won’t. Because the word of God tells us that we must honour those placed in authority (Romans 13: 1-2). Whether gossiping is a social norm or not, you should be God-conscious. Do not attempt to fit in and please people by doing what is contrary to God’s word. You should desire to please God – which will set you apart on a path of holiness. Because ‘You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.’ – Leviticus 20:26.
3. Discover Your Purpose There and Fulfil it.
Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’ John 4:34
Why are you there? Jesus says His ‘food’ is doing God’s will and fulfilling His work – that means a satisfaction and nourishment comes from fulfilling purpose. Have you ever felt dissatisfied and aimless where you are? Maybe you haven’t sought God’s will for you in that area.
Take some time to inquire of Him why you are there and what His purpose is for you. When you know your why, you can operate in purpose and move focused. You will know where to invest your time and what to accept. Jesus knew why He was on earth and He kept that purpose in mind. As a result, He remained focused. When Peter pulled Jesus aside for saying He would die, Jesus rebuked him. In that moment, Peter was against purpose. But Jesus knew the importance of purpose. And His rebuke to Peter’s words teach us the attitude we should have towards purpose too.
4. Unto God.
‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.’ Colossians 3:23
This point is simple but very important. Work as to the Lord and not to men. Keep Him in mind. Renew your mind from thinking you are at work just for money, or you go to school because the law says you should. When you work, when you submit assignments…do it unto God. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So, consider; what do you prioritise? Are you earthly minded or heavenly minded – do you see work as a form of worship to God? What do you hold in high regard? The souls of your colleagues/peers, or your pay check? Has work become a mission field to you? Daniel, Esther, Joseph – they were placed in the marketplace, yet they glorified God in all they did. They prioritised Him in everything and they were given positions of great influence which they glorified God through.
‘It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late,to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.’ Psalm 127:2
Remember to rest. Take a break. God made the world and He took time to rest. He’s God, He may not have needed to rest but He chose to rest, setting a great example for us.
Rest is also a form of self-care and if we are to love others as we love our self we must be able to know when to stop, and take care of our self. After Elijah slew 500 Baal prophets, God gave him rest. He slept and an angel fed him. There is rest available for you. Do not feel bad for resting. Remember, even God rested from His work.
We pray you have been encouraged in how you can glorify God at work, school or university. We pray that your mind will be renewed regarding these areas. We pray you will remain faithful and obedient. We encourage you to take these tips and personalise them, find how you can apply them practically. As you lift up God’s name and glorify Him, He will surely bless you.
During Soul Detox earlier this year, we recognised the power of the tongue and how important our words are. So, here are some faith builders you can decree over yourself as a staff member or student.
Remember John’s prayer that reveals God’s heart to us, ‘that you prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers’. – 3 John 2:2.
God bless you.
Written by Tumi