Marketplace Devotion 2016/08/21

Discovering mission at work: Continuous learning

Proverbs 27:17

You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17, the Message)

We live in a marketplace that calls for continuous learning. This is not just so we can stay employed. It has to do with our attitude toward work. When we say we want to discover our mission at work, we need to see work in a positive light, rather than tolerating it as a necessary evil.

Continuous learning comes with two benefits. First, it’s an opportunity to discover and develop our potential. A seemingly routine training and certification session may have nothing to do with my faith journey. But don’t forget that our Father is interested in my whole life. He uses Sunday school to bring me to maturity. He also uses professional training to shape my life.

Second, continuous learning helps us recognize that we contribute to society through work. Work that’s lawful and reasonable brings benefits to people. Our responsibility is to be diligent in carrying out our tasks.

Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27: 17, ESV) points to the importance of continuous learning. These are times of multiple career changes, with many people facing the prospect of retraining – even starting afresh in middle age. Iron sharpens iron, of course, also refers to the way true friends interact. They challenge and look out for each other, constantly seeking refinement. They are truly Partners @ Work.

Practice:

  1. Are you a continuous learner, or are you tired of your work? Why?
  2. Do you have a clear idea of your spiritual gifting? Ask Father to show you how you can deploy your gifts more fully in daily work.
  3. Ask Father to use your professional learning to bring you to maturity on all fronts.
  4. Do you have a Partner @ Work to share your marketplace journey? Who can you talk to when you face difficulties?
  5. Keep a devotional journal and note what God is saying to you. Learn to write out your prayers.

Prayer:

“Father, let me do my work properly today, and let me prepare for change. Give me persistence, and give me partners. Let me discover your mission for me. Amen.”