His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Working for God

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My hearts desire is to write, but I’m stuck in my engineering job, shoveling stress and trying to cope with corporate “junk.” Sometimes I fail and let the stress consume me – I just can’t shovel as fast as they pile it on.

Many times I’ve asked God, “Why am I here? I look for meaning in my job, but can’t find anything that matters. I feel like I’m wasting so much time of my brief life. Why am I at this meaningless job when my hearts desire is to surrender to You and devote all my time doing whatever you want me to do? Well, I guess you want me in this job.”

Today I was thinking, what can I do for God while in my “meaningless” job. Well, I could try to find joy in every moment, knowing and trusting that in that moment, I’m where God wants me to be. I could strive to be like Brother Lawrence, who found joy and peace in everything he did, because he was always in the presence of God.

Then it hit me: maybe the reason I’m in my meaningless job is because my feelings about the job make me crave more closeness with God and Jesus. If I didn’t have a stress-pit of a job, I would not be so hungry for the presence of Jesus in my life. The more stressful the job, the more I look for Jesus to help me. I think I’m now sincerely grateful for my job, and for more than just the financial security, which I’m always grateful for.

I know I’m weak and this joyful feeling may be fleeting, but I sure am grateful for my time with the Spirit of God and Jesus, no matter what I’m doing.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

6 thoughts on “Working for God

  1. I believe that sometimes when we wonder what good can come from stress or situations in our life, and we ask “God, why am I here?” or “Why am I experiencing this?,” He is maturing us, or preparing us for something greater He has in store for us.

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  2. CJ, I can really relate to your feelings of being in a meaningless job. Most of my work life has been spent as a freelancer, thankfully, but for about 4 months, I was in a corporate job that I hated from day 1. I was going insane at it lol. And I was literally miserable.

    It was during this time that I sought out believers at this workplace and in the surrounding area. I needed a lot of help just to get through each day. And I think that was the point. I would go to a nearby downtown bible study every week and there would be times that I would just walk in and go to the believers I knew and without a word start crying. And they would pray for me. I believe God meant for me to need this fellowship, to be in a situation where I felt “trapped” and be compelled to seek more of Him and more from others.

    Finally God did deliver me, too, btw, into something better (in my eyes anyway).

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  3. Great article! That’s exactly the sentiments of my husband. And in his stress and ‘not wanting to waste another minute in that wretched place’, it too has brought him to his knees. He has such a desire for the things of God and a distaste for meaningless entertainment that I can see why God has not yet delivered him from the job he detests so much.

    And it looks like you are going through the same lesson. Well you both have the same teacher, so you’re probably sitting at the same desk.

    But I do hope it wont be long before you get delivered from this classroom and into the place you were created to be.

    It’s hard I know – I pray it won’t seem too long. ( ps in the meantime, Charles Spurgeons stuff is real good!)

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