Discovering freedom from futility …

Monday morning marks a fresh beginning for a cycle of futility that is the life of many.

Working at jobs they don’t like in places where they aren’t appreciated, life just seems to be full of futile acts for them. It’s like the Cook County sewer employee who was quoted as saying, “I digge de ditch to gette de money to buye de food to gette de strength to digge de ditch!”

Those words sum up the perspective of many — toiling away to make enough money to buy enough food to gain enough energy to toil away some more.

Work has always been a part of God’s plan for humanity, ever since He intended for the first human beings to care for the garden He had placed them in. But futility was never God’s aim for our work, and when we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, we can become free of futility and find fresh purpose for all that we do.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ,” Colossians 3:23-24.

If you’re struggling with a sense of futility in your job, ask yourself who are you working for?