Do You Seek Job Fulfillment?

Do You Seek Job Fulfillment?
By Chris Chancey

I believe that God created the world. Though the time-frame in which this feat occurred is not vital to the discussion at hand, the fact that the creative process can be classified as work is a very important detail. It is also imperative to note, that after each of God’s creative experiences, He exhibits a need for fulfillment. There are six occurrences in the creation account of Genesis 1 in which God pauses to appreciate His work and deems it good. Finally, God creates humanity in His image as Genesis 1:26 so eloquently describes and then pronounces it as very good. Therefore, we can affirm that God worked, God was fulfilled in His work, and God created us in his image, meaning we also are to work and will have an affinity for fulfillment in our work. As the story in Genesis continues, God places Adam, his human creation, in the Garden to “wok it and keep it.” As Adam then took part in the cultivation process of the garden, he began to quite literally enjoy the fulfillment of the fruit of his labor.

Work as defined by theologian, John Stott is “the expenditure of energy (manual, mental or both) in the service of others, which brings fulfillment to the worker, benefit to the community, and glory to God” (1). The most recent generation to enter the workforce, the millennials, are searching for job fulfillment as their top priority from that list. At the same time, many from the baby boomers generation have lost all sight of any fulfillment received from their occupations.

For most of us, spending forty plus hours a week on one task is inconceivable unless there is some kind of fulfillment attached to the outcome. Yet, too often we are satisfied with monetary security and seek no further for joy derived from the workplace. At the bare minimum, the culture of work that is created in your organization should be founded on utilizing the strengths of those sitting around the table so that they can leave each day with a sense of accomplishment in using their talents to move the team toward a desired goal. Additionally, you should recognize that you are paying people for more than just their strengths, but also for their hearts. When people are allowed to be passionate about an issue, they find fulfillment in its work. As your employees clock-out from a day’s work and engage in some type of transportation on their way home, you can bet they are considering their fulfillment at work. It is your work to ensure that they are challenged to help your organization by using their strengths in a fulfilling manner…and I hope that this calling fulfills you!

(1) John Stott, Issues Facing Christians Today, Basingstoke, UK: Marshalls, 1984, 11.

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