Do you realize that your work matters? Do you realize that you are where you are for a purpose? Do you realize what you do has an impact and makes a difference? Not only to you, but also to those who are around you!
If you said “no”, that may be the first step to ensuring that you finding fulfillment at work! It matters how we prioritize! It matters how we act! It matters how we talk! It matters that we care! It matters that we serve others! By being outward focused it helps us to find fulfillment! By not being self-centered and self-focused, we aren’t worrying or moping to ourselves, but we are looking for ways to be able to make a difference! We are open to the guiding of the Spirit to lead us and guide in the right direction! We are looking for ways to bless others! We are looking to God for wisdom and direction rather than just trying to go about life trying to figure things out on our own! Jesus didn’t just come so that when the end comes we will get to live in Heaven and have a great afterlife, He also came so that we can have life and life to the full now too. So let’s make the most of now with great expectations for what is yet to come!
Today’s reading speaks to what is yet to come like this…
The New Heaven and the New Earth1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem9Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.–from Revelation
And being selfless, we need to help others come to the realization of who Jesus is and how important it is that He come in and be a part of their life! Jesus is the answer! And it’s not something just for you and me, but for everyone around us too! So let’s be selfless and share His love with others! Let’s be selfless and be willing to give a reason for the joy and hope that is within us! Let’s be selfless and give love as we have received love from God! God Is Love! And you know how love is right? Which means that is how God is! And that is how we should be too! Let’s be selfless and give forgiveness as we have received forgiveness! As we forgive others, God will forgive us!
So are you ready to find fulfillment in everything you do? Are you ready to make each day count for a higher purpose? Are you ready to put God first? Will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then let God take care of the rest? Do the best you can and let God take care of the results!
Work will be Restored.
God may care about my work today, but it won’t matter in the long-run, will it?
Here is the good news: Christ came not only to redeem the world and our work, but also to one day restore it forever. The final chapter of God’s redemptive story is Restoration, when there will be a New Jerusalem in a New Heaven and New Earth. Christ will return, the earth and heavens will proclaim his glory, and we will live with him forever.
We yearn for this day to come. Through Christ’s redemption and God’s grace, we glimpse beauty in the world around us and can recognize God’s glory in it. However, the beauty of God reflected in his creation today is just a taste of what is to come. We await the day when all things will be restored.
A New City
In Revelation 21, we learn that the New Jerusalem is a real, physical city, a symbol of human culture. It is the old creation restored, renewed, and rebuilt. God’s material creation of earth will not be lost in Restoration; it will be renewed. The physical world today will not all be lost forever.
Our work on earth has meaning and eternal significance as we help advance the garden in Genesis to the new city in Revelation. The best of the physical world today will carry over into the New Earth and be restored, and so will the best of our work. If our daily work, done for the glory of God and the common good of others, carries into the New Heavens and New Earth in some way, then our present work is overflowing with immeasurable value and eternal significance!
Made in God’s image, we are to create through our work things from the raw material he has given us. We were created to be co-workers with God, to make, build, and shape the world to benefit all of creation. This is why J.R.R. Tolkien, the well-known author of The Lord of the Rings, called man a sub-creator. Tolkien would also state that one of the ways man glorifies God is through the sub-creation of works that echoes the true creations of God. While our work has been redeemed, it awaits the second coming of Christ to be restored. We can enjoy our work while realizing it will never be perfect in this current realm, but that it will carry value into the next realm.
Acknowledging that our work can never be perfect does not give us a pass. God still expects us to work as hard as we can to do the best at whatever he has called us to do.
The hope we find in the gospel applies to our work and helps give us an eternal perspective of significance. God’s design for mankind is a flourishing human culture.
So then, by striving to glorify God in our daily work – whether it be engineering, teaching, art, law, medicine, theology, non-profit, marketing, etc. – we help bring about the global flourishing he has designed for his creation.
All God-honoring work is kingdom work.
How does an eternal perspective change the way you view your work?