Read: 1 Corinthians 15:58
I come from a long line of women who work. Women who have been teachers, business owners, managers, farmers. I’ve worked in retail, higher education, banking, ministries, and for myself. And by doing work that I love, I pray my daughter will learn to chase her dreams, work hard, and obey God, wherever He calls her. I pray she’ll learn from me that holy hustle means embracing the work we’ve been given, but finding our worth in the One who created us to do it. Our worth does not come from our work, but our work has worth. What we do to serve God, our neighbors, and our families is important—but that’s not what defines us.
Scripture has quite a bit to say about the worth of work:
- Paul wrote to the Ephesians with the reminder that God has prepared good works for His children and that we have been created to do them. (Ephesians 2:10)
- In another of Paul’s letters, he encouraged the Corinthians to be steadfast, working with excellence, knowing that work done for God is not done in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
- The Proverbs 31 woman worked with willing hands; bought and sold land out of her earnings; created; planted; managed. (Proverbs 31:10—31)
- Deborah worked as a judge and was practically a military commander. (Judges 4–5)
Do you feel like your work has value, or do you consider it “not a big deal” compared to the jobs, responsibilities, and roles of others? Do you feel like you’re wasting your time working while your family needs you, or do you worry that you’re always going to be missing out on SOMETHING? Do you, generally speaking, feel good, bad, guilty, or indifferent about your work?
The work we do has worth when we do it to the glory of God and with a joyful heart. When He calls us to work, wherever it is and whatever it looks like, it’s because it’s part of His plan for us, part of how He created us to serve Him and love our neighbors. Nothing we do for God is ever a waste of our time or effort.