Last week, I was blessed to be at a breakfast that was raising funds for an amazing ministry, WorkFaith Connection. I had heard most of the testimonies before and was close to quite a few of those testifying but I was still moved to tears. WorkFaith Connection is all about helping others understand and find the wonderful gift of work. More than a job...a new life! As I was reviewing one of The Master's Program books, The Spirit of Disciplines, later that same day this quote by Martin Luther helped me make another connection between Work and Faith.
[Faith] is a living well-founded confidence in the grace of God, so perfectly certain that it would die a thousand times rather than surrender its conviction. Such confidence and personal knowledge of divine grace makes its possessor joyful, bold, and full of warm affection toward God and all created things - all of which the Holy Spirit works in faith. Hence, such a man becomes without constraint willing and eager to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer all manner of ills, in order to please and glorify God, who has shown toward him such grace. Because of an unwavering faith (i.e. confidence, assurance, belief, knowledge) that God's grace covers me, it compels me to be a good worker as well as a good friend, a good family member and even a good enemy. My gratitude for having the physical ability or mental capacity (all given by God) to even have a job should motivate me to give my "utmost for His Highest." Assurance of His grace should not spur me on to slothfulness but to doing all things as unto the Lord!
The profound thing is this...we don’t need to “work” harder but rather have more faith. This increased faith will then impact our work. Of course, our cry will always be, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!"
How is your faith being demonstrated in your work - whether at the office or at home? Do we demonstrate our faith in God’s grace by the way we do “life” with those around us?