working on work
"What must we do to perform the works of God?" —John 6:28
Since we have been raised up in company with Christ, we set our hearts on what pertains to higher realms (Col 3:1). "The old order has passed away; now all is new!" (2 Cor 5:17) For example, now that we have been baptized into Jesus' death and resurrection, we look at work in a new, risen way. We no longer work "for perishable food but for food that remains unto life eternal" (Jn 6:27). We do "the work of God," that is, we "have faith in the One Whom He sent" (Jn 6:29). We may still get paid and receive benefits, but these are no longer the reasons for which we work. We work only for love of God. This may mean that we change jobs as did Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew. Usually, however, working for God means changing not our jobs but the way we do our jobs.
When we work for God, we also work with God. That means that we receive God's power by which we work. Then, like Stephen, we work "great wonders and signs" (Acts 6:8). Also, like Stephen, we work so powerfully and fruitfully for God's kingdom that we become a threat to the devil. Then he tempts us more and tries to intimidate us and even kill us. However, this backfires on him; the persecution and martyrdom makes our work even more fruitful (Jn 12:24).
Work for, with, and in God.
Prayer: Father, work on my work so that it will be pleasing to You.
Promise: "Throughout, Stephen's face seemed like that of an angel." —Acts 6:15
Praise: Nora celebrated her fiftieth year on earth by converting to the Catholic faith. Although she is shunned by her former friends, she rejoices in receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.
Reference: (For more teaching, order our leaflets, Risen Life, and Job Performance for Jesus.)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998