Like Working for the Lord
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3
Let’s face it, work was never designed to be easy. It was designed to get necessary things done. Sometimes we’re fortunate to get to do work that we love, but often it’s a drag-our-heels job.
Colossians 3:23 tells us to put our whole heart into everything, really devote to it, just like we were doing it for God. It’s difficult. But it’s wonderful when we put our whole heart into all work beyond just the parts we enjoy, with the idea that our boss, teacher, manager, etc., is Jesus. Then we stand out as a great Christian worker and grow character. Pull your weight beyond what is asked of you; offer new perspectives and ideas; be positive even when times seem tough; be an encourager of those you work with; nail those obstacles. If you act like that then you will undoubtedly please your boss, teacher (chief sheepherder, top pie maker, candlestick maker, etc.). And the more you please them, the more your walk of faith will become appealing to them.
So, how should we treat working? “At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely…” (Hebrews 12:11).
If Jesus is your true manager then all work can be part of His training: being honest, humble, avoiding stealing or laziness, not thinking of others as less than you, or jobs as below you.
Heavenly Father, help me remember today and every day that I work to please You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen