Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. (Psalms 37:5 NLT)
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (Psalms 37:5, 7 NLT)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3 NIV)
We all have to work. Whether you are a professional, a student, a retiree, or a stay-at-home, you are working at something. We work out of necessity to accomplish tasks, to pay the bills, to survive. We work at things we love, to fulfill our dreams, to give us purpose. It's not question of IF you work, the questions is HOW do you work? Have you ever considered working your job not for your boss, for money, or your family, but for the Lord? You don't have to be a pastor or a missionary; even a dentist, realtor, or stay-at-home mom can do their work for the Lord. It puts a whole new perspective on everything we do.
A business person can work for money, power, and advancement. That might lead to great wealth and power, but also to pride, selfishness, and a reliance on money and self to keep the cycle going. Working for the Lord brings humility and reliance on God.
When I- a stay at home mom- do the mundane everyday things like dishes, cleaning toilets, and laundry because I have to, or I feel obligated to my brain can start grumbling. "Why doesn't anyone else do any work around here" or "Yes, my child, I live to pick up your dirty underwear off the floor." If I let that go on I can grow bitter and either take it out on others with attitude or harsh words, or internalize that and allow bitterness and discontent to take a deep hold on my mind and my life. However, if I do those things unto the Lord (yes, even the dreaded laundry can be done for the Lord) then everything becomes an act of worship.
Refocus your mind and your work-whatever it may be- on God. If what you are doing cannot be focused on God, then you are in the wrong profession. If you are not able to do your job and maintain your integrity and Godly character, then it is time for a change.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2 NIV)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17 NIV)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV)