Can the Holy Spirit help you with your everyday job? The short answer is “yes.” It is not in God’s character to call you to a life of daily labor, and then turn his back when you show up at your place of employment.
Christians work like everyone else. But we are set apart from the rest of the world in that the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us and guiding us throughout the day.
Paul is speaking to Christians in 1 Corinthians 6:19 when he says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” When you received Jesus Christ at your salvation, you received the Holy Spirit.
The craftsman, Bezalel, was filled with the Spirit.
The first person the Bible specifically names as being “filled … with the Spirit” is not a prophet, priest, or king, but an ordinary person who worked with his hands. His name is Bezalel and he was a craftsman.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel … and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.”
God anointed Bezalel’s work—his physical skills and his mind, his body and his knowledge.
God “filled him with the Spirit … with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.” The word “crafts” used in Exodus 31:1-3 is the same word translated as “work” in Exodus 20:9 when God says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work.” In today’s culture your craft is what you do to make a living.
The Holy Spirit can fill you and help you to do the tasks God calls you to do. In Bezalel’s case, it was to assist in building the Tabernacle.
Exodus 31:4-5 says the Holy Spirit anointed Bezalel to: “Make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”
In your case, it may be to successfully perform your job so you can provide for yourself or others in a way that honors God. The Holy Spirit can anoint your work whether you are working in a church or corporate office, a manufacturing facility, an artist’s studio, a hospital, or wherever.
In the New Testament, Ephesians 5:18 instructs you and every Christian to be “filled with the Spirit,” and 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.”
Filled for the common good
Finally, the Holy Spirit’s work in your life is for the common good and not your personal exaltation. First Corinthians 12:7 makes this clear when it says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
The phrase “for the common good” is rendered in other Bible translations as “for the profit of all” and “so we can help each other.”
Expect the Holy Spirit to intercede in your work-life in positive ways to help you accomplish the things God calls you to do.