June 21, 2023 • Life for Leaders
Scripture — Psalm 134:3 (NRSV)
May the LORD, maker of heaven and earth,
bless you from Zion.
Because God is a worker, we are workers too, since we are created in God’s image. Thus, when we pray for blessing in our work, we are asking the God who “gets it.”
As we do our work, every now and then it’s important to remember that God is also a worker. In the very first chapter of the Bible God is revealed as the one who “made” heaven and earth. God is a maker and created us in God’s image to be makers. The fact that God works reminds us that God understands our work in a personal way.
Gracious God, today I remember that you are a worker. You made heaven and earth. Your work was perfect, beautiful, and filled with common grace. Even today, in a world broken by sin, we can see evidence of your glorious work. For this we give you thanks and praise.
God, you created me in your image. Therefore, like you, I am a worker. Of course, I can’t work simply by calling things into existence with my words. But you have given me capabilities, talents, and gifts so that I might do good work, work that matters to you and to your creation. Thank you for the privilege of working.
I ask you today to bless my work. Help it to be productive, giving value to others. May my work relationships reflect your justice. May I do my work, not only for financial gain, but also as an act of worship to you.
Thank you, gracious God, for caring about me, including my daily work. Help me to remember your presence with me as I work today. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
God the worker is present with you as you work.
For Further Reflection
Read all of Psalm 134.
You may also wish to read Genesis 1:1-31.
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Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the High Calling archive, hosted by the unique website of our partners, the Theology of Work Project. Reflection on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: Living in the Circle of Blessing.
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.