Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)
What attitude do you have toward your work? How wholeheartedly do you go about the work that you have been given? Do you do just enough to get by or do you give it your all and very best when you are at work? What attitudes do you have toward your boss and coworkers? Why are you asking me these questions? Is there something about these questions that you don’t like? No, that’s not it. I don’t have any problem answering your questions. What is it then? Wouldn’t talking about more spiritual matters make better use of our time? Do you think that your work isn’t a spiritual matter? I didn’t think so. I thought work was work and had little to do with spiritual matters. Now, I’m not so sure. Why is that? Your line of questioning has me thinking about the spiritual aspect of all the work that I have been given. That’s good. You need to think more deeply on this subject.
You can’t hide anything at work. Everyone at work is watching you. They are seeing how hard you work. They are watching your attitude toward your work, coworkers and boss. Nothing goes unnoticed. Would you like to be able to share your faith with your coworkers? Yes, I would love to share my faith with my coworkers. If you are lazy in your work or have a bad attitude toward your boss or coworkers, how much of an opportunity will you have to share your faith in me? None, I suppose. That’s right. Who would care what you have to say about anything if they had lost respect for you because of the poor quality of your work or the nature of your attitude? Do I do poor quality work? Do I have a bad attitude towards others at work? That’s not the point I’m making with you. What is your point? I want you to always monitor the quality of your work and the nature of your attitude. I get it. I will do that.
There are two other points that I want you to keep in your heart and on your mind at all times. What’s that? I am your boss. You may think that you are working for an earthly boss. That’s only partly true. All the work that you do in this life you will be doing for me. The quality of your work and the nature of your attitude will be a witness for me to others in the world. The only question is, “Will your witness be a good one or a bad one?” I want to be a good witness for you in all my work. I want do display to others a Christ-like attitude that will be attractive to them. That will be very good. What is your other point? You think your payday comes every two weeks. Yes, I do. That is also only partly true. I will reward you for whatever good you do in this life. Lord, I will remember that you are my boss and that I am working for you. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name through all the work you have given me to do for you.
Lord, at one time I thought I was working strictly for my earthly employer. Now, I know I am serving you in all the work you have given me to do in this life. Help my hard work and positive attitude to be a powerful witness for you in the world. Amen
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