Working for God
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” - Colossians 3:23-24 Alarms, traffic, coffee to get you going...demanding people and pressing deadlines. Piles of housework, paper work, and in some cases, life-altering situations that people depend upon you to facilitate.
Work is hard—even if you like what you do!
When you are a Christian, there is a work ethic to which we are called—and it is simply to do the very best we can, no matter where we work, whom we work for, or what we do. Even if the work seems tedious, menial or below your skill levels, if that is where you find yourself at this moment in time, we are called to “work heartily”—give it your best. If you feel unappreciated or deal with difficult people, be patient, set a good example, and know God has you there for a reason—to be a light in what might be a dark world for some people. “A dairy maid can milk cows to the glory of God,” said Martin Luther.
As Christians we are working for the Lord, not just a boss.
Work hard whether the boss is watching or not, be honest, encourage co-workers, and remember, your Boss in heaven is watching and will reward you in His time and manner.
C.S. Lewis, one of the most qualified candidates at Oxford for a professorship position, was overlooked for years while others less qualified were promoted. But years later, I doubt if many of us know the names of those other candidates, but the whole world has heard of Narnia and many of Lewis’ other accomplishments. More importantly, his writing has encouraged and inspired millions of people in the Lord.
“He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.” —St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1130.
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