Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Saturday, July 27, 2019

Theme: DIGNITY OF LABOUR

Text: “But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” – Galatians 6:4

Comment: A number of times one may choose a kind of work that is not acceptable to one’s parents or to a number of people around one.  This may be because the prospects of such jobs, in terms of income and status in society, are not bright.  A profession that catches the delight of a prospective job-seeker should not be dismissed or rejected out of hand, unless it is contrary to the Christian values.  So long as that lowly-regarded profession or work is what one is passionate about, there is no reason why he will not become successful by the grace of God.  The Bible says: “A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth.  The work of a man’s hands shall be rewarded to him.” – Proverbs 12:14 (World English Bible)

It is surprising how one who truly applies himself can turn an otherwise poorly regarded vocation into one that is ultimately useful to society.  The important aspect of a profession is not necessarily how lucrative it appears to be but how much fulfillment it gives one while one is out there in the field.  As is directed in the text for today, the worker should prove by his commitment that his idea of choosing the vocation is worthwhile, “…and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.” (Galatians 6:4) Some people may get used to doing certain things just because it is the popular thing others are doing, whereas they may be better suited elsewhere.  We must be able to separate what we love to do from what we want to be.