Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
One of the most overlooked ways to glorify God is through imitation. And yet, as image-bearers of God, we have countless opportunities to imitate our Heavenly Father.
Imitation is a particularly powerful opportunity for our work. Too many Christians think their work doesn’t matter to God — he’s only concerned about “spiritual” stuff. At Redemption, we strongly reject that notion, insisting that all of life (including work) is all for Jesus.
Whether you’re a lawyer, mother, teacher, truck driver, caretaker, or salesperson, you have many opportunities to glorify God by imitating him in your work.
Here are 26 ways that we can imitate God in our work.
Sharing wisdom for real-life situations
Providing tangible love, especially to those in pain
Generating new ideas, products, services, or approaches
Demonstrating loyalty and dependability over time
Giving of resources or time to bless others
Causing action to begin
Using knowledge and skill in smart ways
Relying on others
Pursuing what is righteous and good
Planning for long-term rather than short-term gain
To enable something to successfully continue
Offering kindness to those hurting or undeserving
Organizing resources in a way that is beautiful and/or makes sense
Identifying effective ways to overcome obstacles
Leveraging energy and resources to get more done
Keeping people or resources safe from harm, especially when vulnerable
Helping people or things regain their purpose and/or design
Forging connections between people
Providing the necessary tools to accomplish important things
Demonstrating sovereignty over some area of life
Doing what others need or appreciate
Applying talent and wisdom with excellence
Managing resources responsibly
Passing on important information or lessons
Dealing honestly, even at cost to yourself