Ecclesiastes 3:22 (KJV): “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?”
COMMENTARY: Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived except for Jesus, perceived much about the human experience. Some of his perception came from direct personal experience. Some came from personal observation of other people. Some came from divine revelation from the Lord. Over time, Solomon became a very perceptive psychologist and sociologist. Therefore, we should seriously consider what he had to say about “work.”
APPLICATION: Do you rejoice in your work? Do you arise every morning, thank God for your job, arrive at work, work hard and honestly, then go home and feel pleasantly satisfied about your workday? Work brings an intrinsic value and joy to the soul that transcends pay and benefits, the quality of your boss or co-workers, or the exact nature of your job. Just getting up each day and working should bring satisfaction to your life.
There are too many grumpy, irritable, dissatisfied, unhappy Christians in the workplace. If you have been “born again,” then you have the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. He wants to fill you with His fruits, one of which is JOY. A consistently grumpy Christian employer or employee is a contradiction of terms. You cannot be full of the Holy Spirit and consistently crabby.
Yes, we all have our moments of anger and frustration, but as a general pattern of behavior, we should be the happiest people in the world. Your altitude determines your attitude!
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Ecclesiastes 3:22 (KJV)，read Timing (Eccl 3:1-4:6) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.