"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."
-- James M. Barrie
Isn't that the truth? I think it's safe to say that all of us have aspects of our jobs that we really see as "work". Hopefully there are many more aspects that fall into the "Wow… I make a living doing this!" category. Mr. Barrie nailed it.
But, like with most things, there seems to be a twist to the story… an exception to the rule… a variable we weren't counting on. Look at the life and work of Jesus.
We find Him:
- leaving His throne in heaven to assume the role of servant. (Philippians 2:5 - 11)
- experiencing the emotional train wreck of having felt the loss of a friend. (John 11:35)
- being ridiculed and resented by the religious leaders of His time so much that He pronounced several woes at them. (Matthew 23)
- agonizing over the prospect of going to the cross. (Matthew 26:36 - 44)
We know that through all of this, He considered it a joy to serve the Father. Was it "work"? Maybe… but His desire to please the Father outweighed the desire for personal comfort.
God loves His children… and there is nothing He would rather do than provide for them.