This article is adapted from “Changing the Way We Live and Work” from Preaching.com. You can read the article in its entirety here.
When we come to know Jesus, our relationship with Him should change the way we live and work.
Some believe the follower of Christ should remove him or herself from the ordinary or worldly things in an effort to be holy or set apart rather than setting apart the ordinary for the glory of God. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 10:31, clearly supports this idea of doing everything to God's glory when he says, "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
The reality is, our lives and work matter to God. Coming into a relationship with Christ may not mean we change what we do. However, coming to know Christ does change how we do what we do. Following Jesus changes how we live and work.
May we allow the presence and salvation of Jesus Christ in our lives change the way we live and work. If we have lived wrongly, would we "Bear fruits in keeping with repentance" (Luke 3:8). If we have cheated anybody out of anything, would we "pay back four times the amount" (Luke 19:6-8). May the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ change the way we live and work!
Prayer: Almighty God our heavenly Father, You declare your glory and show forth Your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of Him who came among us as One who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer, P. 261)