Can you recall the excitement you felt when you were hired to work in your current job? Do you remember the enthusiasm and drive you had? If you’re like most people, those feelings have faded.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Revelation 2:4 (NIV)
In this verse, Jesus is talking to the church of Ephesus about their enthusiasm and goes on to warn them to return to the dedication and focus which they previously exhibited. He knew this church to be faithful laborers for the Lord (Rev 2:2). They had demonstrated service, suffering and they stood for the truth but still needed to be reminded to return to their former attitude of love for Christ.
We should examine ourselves regularly to be certain our lives are Christ centered. At work, we should periodically assess whether we are as motivated to contribute and perform as when we were first awarded the position.
I’m not suggesting that we should have the same degree of excitement and dedication for our work as we do for Jesus. The point is that we may lose focus and drive over time in every area. If our motivation for Christ is subject to change despite the enormous sacrifice he made for us, it’s likely to change in other areas of our lives as well.
Here are some questions to ask yourself. They may help you to focus on what you love about your job:
- What drew your interest in the job which you now have?
- What potential or promise did the job offer? Has the job measured up to the potential and met the promise?
- How do you recall feeling at the end of the work day or work week when you first started? Has that changed? If so, why?
- Are you still excited to do the work?
Take some time to meditate on these questions. The answers should help you to renew your enthusiasm. However, if it’s difficult to find your original love, perhaps you would benefit from spending some time seeking God about it. He can help you to appreciate the blessings which he provides through your work. The factors which may make your work life unsatisfactory could be opportunities for spiritual growth. Conversely, He may tell you it’s time to seek other employment. In either scenario you do not have to remain unmotivated at work. God can help you to find satisfaction in this area of your life because He is concerned about the smallest details of your being.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)