Work is work. I know that sounds like an odd sentence, but it’s true. It takes a great deal of work for us to be good at what we do. Our jobs, our careers…they demand effort. And sometimes, it’s easy to feel like what we do is unappreciated and unimportant. We often feel like what we do doesn’t matter. Yet, it does. It matters to God.
While recently reading through the book of Exodus, I was reminded yet again of God’s hand in our work. In the midst of giving Moses the instructions for the building of the tabernacle, God says,
“See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you…” (Exodus 31:1-6, ESV).
In the midst of the funny names and seemingly insignificant instructions, there’s an incredible lesson. God had given these craftsmen the ability to do what they did. He had enabled them to do the task to which they were called. They were important and so were their tasks. They mattered.
These men were not prophets like Moses nor priests like Aaron. Yet, they played a part in God’s work in the midst of His people. They mattered. And so do you.
Don’t feel insignificant about your work. Who you are and what you do matters. It makes no difference if you work on a production line, in a corner office, a cubicle, a classroom, a hospital or at home. Be faithful to be the very best at what you do. Work hard. Be diligent. When you do, you display the work…and the hand of God in your life.