Last week, we started a discussion on whether your work is fulfilling or frustrating. The reason is: Success based on anything outside inner fulfillment is bound to produce emptiness. You can read the post here to understand the background to the five pointers I’m going to share with you in a moment.
Has God Prepared You for It? Your work is fulfilling when you have the personal satisfaction that it has been predestinated according to the purpose of God who works all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11).
God never calls people into the work He has not prepared them for. That’s why you can’t just plug yourself into a work because of any other reason than the understanding that you were prepared by God for it. There’s fulfillment when you do what you have been prepared by God to do with your life.
Has God Prepared the Work for You? That’s very important. God prepares people for the work He has already prepared for them. There’s a work not a job prepared for everyone by God even before birth (Ephesians 2:10).
You need to locate the very work, that actual cause that God prepared for you before you were born. No one enters this world without a prepared work awaiting him or her. When you begin to do the work God specifically prepared for you, there’s going to be a sense of fulfillment in you.
Is the Process as Rewarding to You as the End? The work that is fulfilling does not wait till the end to be fulfilling.
The only time some people are happy with their work is when they receive their pay check, the days before then are frustrating for them. They don’t enjoy the process of what they do because the reward – no matter what it represents is what they are painfully – not joyfully waiting for.
But do you know a work that is fulfilling brings joy in the process – while you are doing it, not when you are through with it. That does not mean the challenges are not there, but sense of fulfillment is enough to immunize you against them.
Can You Prove the Importance of Your Work? When the process of your work is as rewarding to you as the end, you can prove the importance of your work. And if you can prove the importance of what you do in line with God’s expectation, then your work is fulfilling (Galatians 6:4).
Are You Ready to Settle Down with This Work Till You Die? Some people are doing what they do thinking very soon they will settle down for the real work. Hun! As this may sound acceptable to some people, the danger here is: what if death comes knocking before the post dated time. The truth is: Fulfillment comes when you are doing what is worth dying for.
I’ll share with you next week the steps you can take to enter into a fulfilling work.