The Purpose of Work

The Purpose of Work

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

What is the purpose of work? The purpose of work is to provide the individual with the financial resources and time to enjoy those things and people that matter most. Somewhere along the way that understanding has become muddled. People spend long hours working and never have seem time to do the things they enjoy or be with the people they care about the most. Our society is caught up with work hard and make money but for what? How many people have you heard say on their death bed that they wish they had spent more time working and making money? Yet, that is how some people live their lives.

Understand that there is nothing wrong with the accumulation of wealth. What makes wealth evil in the eyes of so many is the way it is used. And, that is a devotional for another day. Whether we would like to admit it or not, we need money to live. We need money to support our families. It takes money to operate hospitals and provide protection from fire and crime. It takes money to keep lights on and water flowing. It takes money to operate charitable organizations and places of worship. Money is not evil (another devotional) but a tool! How and by whom it is used will determine if it helped make the world better or worse. Are you using money as a tool to do good?

Life is too short to be caught up in working 60-70 hours per week. Life is too short to be caught up in buying things that we think will make us happy. The greatest gifts we have are often right in front of us. But for some reason we want to think there is something else.

I am not suggesting that we take part time jobs. What I am suggesting is that we should all be looking for ways to work smarter not harder. Being an employee somewhere, no matter how well paying the job is will never provide you with the financial freedom you need to do the things you want and spend the time with the people you love the most. Letting the time clock dictate your life makes you a slave to it. God wants more than that for you. You were created to be more than just one of the faceless herd of employees who come into the grinding mill every day.

Starting today, look for opportunities to build a business that will provide you with the goal of time and resources. Look for ways to improve the quality of your job by increasing productivity in less time. Read books like the “Millionaire Mind” and “The Four Hour Work Week.” Books like these will inspire you to take charge of your financial future and live life to the full as it was intended to be.


~ by on November 3, 2011.

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