Dedicate Your Work to God and It Will SUCCEED
By Rick Warren
— November 28, 2010
Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
"Just as I'm the minister of Saddleback Church, you're a minister of a church -- at your workplace."
All week we've looked at the keys to receiving God's blessing on our work. Here is the last letter in our SUCCEED acrostic: Dedicate your work to be used for God's purposes. Whatever you want God to bless, you give to him first. Dedicate it, consecrate it, hallow it, and then God will bless it.
- Start working enthusiastically.
- Understand who you really work for.
- Concentrate on building your character.
- Care about the people you work with
- Exceed what is expected of you
- Expand Your Skills to SUCCEED at Work
- Dedicate your work to be used for God's purposes.
As a pastor, I want you to succeed in life. Obviously I want you to succeed spiritually, but I also want you to succeed in your work. I want you to be a witness at your work. I want you to use your platform for the glory of God.
When you dedicate your business to Christ, he gets involved with decisions. He tells you what to do. He becomes the chairman of your board. He gets the glory.
"We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, 'Be reconciled to God!'" (2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT).
Just as I'm the minister of Saddleback Church, you're a minister of a church -- at your workplace. Your job is to be an ambassador of Jesus to the people around you. There used to be a commercial for Clairol that said, "Only her hair dresser knows for sure." Well, your faith is not meant to be a secret; God is not the only one who should know for sure. Other people need to know that you are a believer.
The blessings that God pours out in your life - in your career, in your business, in your finances, in your family, in your health - they all come because of Jesus Christ.
"Let us give thanks to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world" (Ephesians 1:3 TEV).
In this week of Thanksgiving, I want you to take time to thank God for all that he has blessed you with. And I encourage you to give him your work. Dedicate your job to him and pray about applying the seven keys to SUCCEED every day so you can be a witness for God and receive his blessing.