“Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
The simplicity and power of this proverb is profound. Think of the consequences in the marketplace if every man and woman took this proverb seriously! Imagine the effect if business owners, senior management, sales people, service reps, technical support, financial analysts, etc. in your city resolved to entrust their work to God. Can you imagine the impact?
What does it really mean to carry out this familiar adage? It means to offer yourself and all of your activities for God’s purposes. You perform each task in a way that pleases and honors Him. Picture your earthly father charging you to clean the garage, mow the lawn, or weed the flower bed. Most of you did it, right? And as you began working you noticed out of the corner of your eye that he was watching you. Did that motivate you to do the most excellent job you could–or at least give it your best shot? Whether or not we admit it–even if we have been disappointed or deeply scarred by our own fathers, everyone longs for his favor and blessing.
Where does that come from? We have all been “hard-wired” to desire approval and acceptance from our fathers. But this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding our deeper souls. We were actually designed to find our deepest level of fulfillment and pleasure, not from our earthly fathers, but from our Heavenly Father–the only perfect parent. “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on You. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long (i.e. wait) for him.” Isaiah 30:18
So, there it is–commit your work to the Lord. This is a call to work in a way that acknowledges that your heavenly Father is watching. Approach each task with the utmost care and attention. Don’t forget the promise in the second half of this verse, indicating that your plans (when His plans) will be impacted. Your occupation is especially important to God! Today, go make those calls, calculate and analyze those numbers, solve those logistical problems, lead your team, search for that deal . . . knowing that He is watching you. Tell Him that you are doing everything for His fame. Now that’s what I’m talking about. That’s living. That’s working with purpose.