Devotionals by Allen Jackson

The Blessing of Work

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

There is an innate dignity in work, but we have put unrealistic expectations on it. We want a job that makes us happy and fulfilled and even excited, but no job will do that all the time. The reality is that this side of eternity, we work. It’s a necessary part of life under the sun. So we need to find a way to let the majesty of Almighty God be a part of that process, even the parts we don’t like, because in reality we are serving Him. Think of it as an opportunity to worship God with the strength He’s given you, to let His dignity be expressed through your character—even during the unpleasant times, because they will come. Work is important. Work is good for us. It has value before God.


Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me work to do and the strength to do it. Thank You for parents that taught me to work and see the value in it. Help me to keep my focus on serving You when I am tired, when work is hard, when I cannot see that my efforts are accomplishing what I expect. May Your character be seen through me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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About Intend Ministries

Since its inception in 2010, Intend Ministries has taken this mission seriously and has developed tools to take the message of God’s Word to where people live around the corner or across the globe. This is being accomplished through such avenues as creating curricula for small group Bible studies (called “God Spots”), hosting conferences and training pastors around the world, and engaging in a national and international television ministry.

About Allen Jackson

Allen Jackson is passionate about helping people become Christ-followers who “respond to God’s invitations for their life.” He has served World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as senior pastor since 1989. Under his leadership, the fellowship has grown to a congregation of over 10,000.
Pastor Allen’s messages are broadcast via television to over 25 million households and stream over the Internet to 139 countries. Through Intend Ministries, he coaches pastors and publishes small-group curriculum. Pastor Allen holds degrees from Oral Roberts University and Vanderbilt University and has studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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