Rejoice and Be Glad

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”             (Psalms 118:24 HCSB)

Very few people are truly happy with their jobs. They stay with their jobs for various reasons, but at the end of the day, they are not satisfied, not fulfilled by what they do.  I think today’s verse of Scripture gives a clue as to why that is.

  1. “This is the day that the Lord has made;” – God brought this day into existence with a specific purpose for us.  God does not allow us to live another day just so that we can do our own thing.  He has a plan for each one of our days that, at the end, will leave us satisfied and fulfilled.
  2. “let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – we will rejoice and be glad as we carry out God’s purpose for our day.  We must remember that we, as Christians, do not work for man, we work for God.  He is sitting in our supervisor’s office looking over us, and we are to work to please Him, only Him.  Here’s what God, through the Apostle Paul, teaches us:

    “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB).”

We may not like our jobs, our bosses, or some of the people we work with, but we must remember that our primary job is to glorify God in everything we do, yes, in everything we do (remember, we cannot sin and glorify God).  As Christians, we do not serve man, we serve our one and only Lord, Jesus.  He reminds us that:

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31 HCSB).”

How we do our jobs, and how we speak about our bosses and co-workers around the water cooler speaks volumes about who we are.  Our private and public lives, our attitudes, our actions, and our speech must testify to the Greatness and Goodness of our Lord. No matter where we are, or what we do, people must see and hear Jesus in us, so that they can be drawn to Him.  We must work and live for the benefit of others.  Only then, can we truly rejoice and be glad, and be satisfied and fulfilled.

In Christ’s love,

Phil Covone