It can be easy to separate our Christian and secular lives, particularly where work is concerned. As well as causing us stress as we try to manage both, we need to remember as Elise Kouros explains, that everything we do should honour God.
"Work has intrinsic value to God and can, by itself, be an act of worship and stewardship of the gifts he has given us. God is the first worker, creating the world, and giving Adam and Eve the mandate to work in the garden before sin entered the world. Just like we reflect his character when we act justly or love another, we reflect his character as we work. Work is also a means of participating with God, helping to fulfill the creation mandate to be fruitful and multiply, filling the earth and subduing it. Work can honor God and bless our neighbor in whatever role it might take. Paul, who was himself a tentmaker as well as an evangelist, said it well in his epistle to the Colossians: "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ'' (Col. 3:23–25)."
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