Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Tom worked for a large company and had a successful career. During a reorganization his boss moved him into a new role, but it was a demotion. He wondered why, as many of his peers were not demoted. His frustration grew as he compared himself with his peers. His pride told him he deserved a better job and that he should confront to his boss about it. As a Jesus follower, Tom knew that he was supposed to be “working for the Lord and not for man,” but his pride kept telling him to confront his boss. His pride won. He met with his boss and told him about his frustration with the new job. His boss said to him, “You need to understand. Your job had been eliminated. I created this new position, so that you would still have a job.”
Tom had forgotten for whom he worked. As a Jesus follower, he did not work for his boss, or the company or even himself. He worked for the Lord. His talents and the opportunity to use those talents were all from God, and his reward was from God. Later Tom went back to his boss to apologize and ask him to forgive his prideful attitude.
When we remember that we work for the Lord and not for man, it changes our attitude toward our job.
- We know that God expects us to work hard and diligently for Him and not for man.
- We realize our talents to do our job come from God.
- We recognize that we represent Jesus in our workplace and others are watching us.
- We trust that when things are difficult our reward for working hard is from God.
He has uniquely gifted us to do the “good works” He planned for us before we were even born. As we remember who we work for, we will have the right attitude.
Thought of the day: If your coworkers were asked about your attitude at work, what would they say? Do they “see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)? We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us have an attitude that glorifies the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to remember all my talents and my job are from You. Help me to have an attitude of gratefulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.