A Man finds a called and abundant life at work

Find an abundant life at work

Our work lives can mess with our christ-mindedness.

This means our goals at work can get in the way of Godly ambition and desire. Case in point: everything around us says to measure who we are and the success of what we do by the accolades we receive or the connections we have. These ideas can affect the abundant life we were meant to experience in Christ.

Fulfillment at Work

…but there are empty men with many accolades and full men with none.

Fulfillment has little to do with trophy rooms.

Think of your labor as a holy container.

Your work is a vessel full of love, whose sole purpose is to be poured out as an offering back to Almighty God. The way you work is your response to God for giving you work in the first place. The more you respond to God in love, the more meaningful your work will become.

If you feel an emptiness or lack of meaning in your work, consider whether you see your labor as a love offering to God. 

Evidence of Abundance

Do you want evidence that your work has become worshipful? Assurance that your calling is manifest? Confidence that your work-purpose is being redeemed? If you do, then pause to assess what meaning you presently receive from your work. This is your barometer. 

You were designed to increase in good work. Your sacrifice and your success, spiritually speaking, are intimately tied together.

You were designed to increase in good work. Your sacrifice and your success, spiritually speaking, are intimately tied together.

Pierce Brantley
Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your WOrk

You’ll bring new power into your day when you live from this kingdom dynamic. The sovereign principles that govern your calling and the work connected to it will be unlocked. The unique blend of anointing and Spirit-talent the Lord has given you will be unleashed, as well. In fact, if you learn to labor in this special type of love, to work out your salvation in your work, you will bring a new measure of abundance into both your life and your career. 

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). 

Put another way, he came to break the eight-to-five.

Portions of this post are excerpts from the book Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your Work

Can a "dead-end" job still have a calling?

Can a “dead-end” job still have a calling?

You know how people say, “Hey, shut the door—were you raised in a barn?” 

Well, I really was raised in a barn. (But I do shut the door after myself. Usually.)

I grew up in the East Texas “piney woods.” Literally in a barn.

The living situation was supposed to be only temporary, of course. We thought we’d live in the barn on the property until our family’s ship came in, and then our house would quickly be built. For seventeen years, we waited on Providence to provide, but that ship never did come in. 

Houses, I learned, rarely build themselves.

That barn was completely exposed to the elements. The summers were sweltering, and it wasn’t uncommon for a snake to be found in a shaded corner of a room.

One summer, a hive of bees paused their migration and spent three days in the rafters.

Winters, conversely, were colder than your fridge.

A Thankless Job

One of my first jobs was mowing.

That always struck me as odd. At first, I thought that mowing the grass around the barn would keep the grasshoppers out of our living areas.

But it didn’t.

I mean, the barn was surrounded by knee-high grassy acreage, and cutting the grass didn’t keep the critters out. In fact, many of them would jump toward the barn to avoid the blade. But what else does one do with so much grass and time?

In those early years, as I worked our fifteen-acre yard, something surprising happened: a bond grew between me and the Lord. As I mowed, I worshiped and I listened. And God met me in my work. 

A relationship grew out of a seemingly pointless task, and that made all the difference in what I was doing. It might be hard to believe about a young boy and yardwork, but I actually began to look forward to cutting paths in the wilderness. To spending that work time with God. It was an exodus for an East Texas boy.

Most Christian men who long for purpose in their work lives start by praying for Sunday to spill over into Monday. Our hope is that we’ll be able to splash a little sanctification from our time at church onto those around us at the workplace. For many men, this lasts only until things just need to get done. Then it’s back to business as usual. Whatever he got from Sunday morning is helpful all the way up until crunch time, when he may find himself trading in the pew for pragmatism. 

Praise God that our work story doesn’t have to end there.

Here’s what’s possible for your work: you will be clay in the Holy Potter’s hand, you will know that everything you commit your hands to will result in his divine craftsmanship. You will come to the place where you’re not pushing yourself to go to work, but that the work itself will be propelling you. You will see that the vessel you want to be is exactly the vessel you are being molded into. 

If that sounds good to you, the question you must ask yourself is: Am I engaged with what he’s molding me to be? 

God has a work-life for you

Knowing the answer removes every condemning thought and doubtful question. Is this the right job? Did I make a wrong turn in life? Is there a reason so-and-so is more successful? A man given to the Lord will be used for a higher purpose, because he’s being made into his Maker’s desired image. You are uniquely made for the task at hand.

We have to understand that “work” is not a job—it is an attitude toward a job. Hopelessness comes when you confuse the two. 

“work” is not a job—it is an attitude toward a job. Hopelessness comes when you confuse the two. 

Pierce Brantley
Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your Work

There are no dead-end jobs in Christ. You haven’t missed your calling.

We need to have our minds renewed by Christ until we can see this. When this renewal happens, we see meaning grow from the mundane. We find joy in a job description. Our calling isn’t the work itself but is the kingdom purpose in it. God has a specific assignment for you in whatever it is you do as your job—a mission within your work.

Portions of this post are excerpts from the book Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your Work

A Christian Man in search of his calling in life.

Have you missed your calling?

The best I could do was a Sharpie marker. 

It wasn’t shoe polish, but it would get the job done. Besides, you could really only tell the difference when the sun shone down on them directly. My other shoes had had the soles re-glued a handful of times and they still kept falling apart. The separating backs made an obnoxious clapping sound as I walked and would introduce me anywhere I went. So, old as they were, these shoes and their sharpie-spotted polish would have to do for the time being.

Perfect or not, I had places to go. 

For a kid of thirteen, this felt like a lot of resolve. My circumstances were not going to dictate my actions, even if I had been raised in a barn. I was going to control the situation as best I could. The personal pride was genuine too—it was as if my ability to mend my shoes translated into the power to keep life knitted up, as well. 

Our work lives can feel like that. Work is forward momentum in the face of uncertainty.

We step boldly into our work, even if the work itself is not exactly what we’d like it to be.

We can imagine a better future, sure.

We might even believe God himself has a better idea in mind.

But how do we find it?

Maybe it’s best just to keep walking forward, hoping things will get better.  

After all, a little bit of spit-shine will go a long way to polish your outlook. 

Yes, work is a part of life.

But there’s a secret to work that most Christian men haven’t discovered. 

Paul knew this secret. Elijah and David too. But most men never find it. Many can identify the itch, but they simply can’t scratch it.

The itch troubles you like a gentle prod, a niggling little thought that the work you do during the day isn’t everything it’s meant to be. You feel as if you’re missing something when you clock in and clock out. Your work doesn’t get the job done spiritually, you could say. Nor is it very fulfilling. 

That’s the itch, and it can lead to a great discovery. But it’s also really easy to dismiss, even if it’s right. 

So, men continue to endure the daily grind, missing out on the faith and secret strength that could overflow in their work. This results in a whole generation of Christian men who work hard but don’t know why. Or, worse, who never learn the real work they are called to do. 

Which is a tragedy.

There is so much at stake and so little time to stake a claim on a calling too. 

There is hope, however, for the man who wants to know what God might give him to do with the few days he’s been given. So long as you haven’t stopped working, it’s never too late to find the purpose of your work.

Our ancient fathers of the faith had learned the secret of meaningful work. They knew what was required of them. They could see the purpose in their work a mile away. This faith gave them a life of biblical proportions. In part, because they knew how to focus their energy. They knew the work they were meant to do. This assurance gave them all the courage and foresight they needed during the day. It helped men like Moses, Daniel, and Joseph be diligent in everyday jobs and to participate in more eternal outcomes than the average Joe. 

The secret can be yours, as well.

The principles of work they employed are available to you. My prayer, brother, is that you learn them, love them, and use them to partner with the Almighty in incredible new ways.

You can discover the special and specific work God has for you. Best of all, you can move into your calling at any job, with any boss, at any place in life as well. 

Pierce Brantley

God hasn’t passed you by. He has a race for you to run—and that’s true even if you feel disconnected from the race. Neither is God upset with your circumstances. Just because you might feel hopeless now or unsure about the future, it does not mean that the Almighty doesn’t have a great work life for you. 

He is for you, after all.

There is no end to God’s kingdom, no shortage of his strength. God has a massive treasury of power and goodness, and He draws freely from that supernatural bank account to support his sons and daughters. These riches are meant for more than Sunday mornings or a few mountaintop moments over the course of a lifetime. The goodness of God has practical, eight-to-five implications for every man who wants to know what it looks like to live in partnership with the Lord. 

And no, you don’t need to become a pastor, worship leader, or minister to get access to this supernatural bank account. The agency of the Almighty extends to any man who wants the joy of gainful employment with the Lord. 

There are no “collar colors” in Christ.

Only men who work with the Lord and those who don’t. The men who don’t can only wish for great stories.

The men who do actually have them. 

Portions of this post are excerpts from the book Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your Work