“His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.” Isa 28:26 NIV
Lottery winners often make the same comment: “Winning all that money isn’t going to change my life.” But it seldom works out that way. Six months later they have quit their job and bought a new house. A survey of one state’s lottery winners confirmed these two things: (1) The majority were more unhappy now than before winning. Why? Unfulfilled demands and unmet expectations on the part of family and friends led to disappointment and resentment. (2) None of them would give up the money they’d won. When you’ve had more money, you tend to be miserable with less. But having more money doesn’t give you more self-worth. It’s notable that the song “Take This Job and Shove It” was recorded by a man named Johnny Paycheck! Isaiah wrote: “When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?…Does he not plant wheat in its place…God instructs him and teaches him the right way…All this…comes from the Lord” (vv. 24-29 NIV). That means whether you’re a farmer or a fireman—God gave you your job! It’s your “calling,” and it was designed to do more than simply provide financial security. It was designed to give you dignity and worth, and to fulfill God’s purposes in the earth. Theologian Miroslav Volf says: “All human work, however complicated or simple, is made possible by the operation of the Spirit of God in the working person; and all work whose nature and results reflect the values of the new creation is accomplished under the instruction and inspiration of the Spirit of God.” So, “Whatever you do, work…with all your heart…for the Lord” (Col 3:23 NIV).
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