In the midst of struggling to overcome challenges at work, hope for work may feel out of reach. But we have hope in Christ, and the season of Advent is a reminder of that. Isaiah paints a hope-filled and beautiful portrait of the coming Messiah. The Messiah will be powerful and approachable, an advocate and an authority, fully human and fully divine.
The people of Isaiah’s day had no idea how long it would take, but they looked forward to the Prince of Peace who would redeem His people and set up His Kingdom. Today, we celebrate God’s faithfulness. As John recorded, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1:14, MSG)
He is with us in the chaos…
The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace is also Emmanuel, God with us. He is with us in the midst of uncertainty and chaos at work. We have access to His wisdom to overcome challenges at work and experience success. And we have the opportunity to share that hope with others who may not yet know Christ.
He will renew all things…
As we celebrate that Jesus has come, let’s also look forward to the day of His return and the renewal of all things, including hope for work. In that day our work will no longer be hard and characterized by toil and stress. We won’t need to overcome challenges at work, because there will be none. Instead, all of our work will be carried out in true partnership with God as a beautiful expression of His creative power in us, as He originally designed it to be. This gives us hope for work and the rest of life. This is hope we need to share.
Lean into this hope and share it with your coworkers. Check out Workmatters’ reading plan, Share Christ at Work, on the YouVersion Bible app.