Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. ~Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)
The economy and employment situation in America is at critical mass. People everywhere are looking for jobs – anything they can do to support their families. Many of the individuals have college degrees or previous very lucrative careers. So where do they go from here? That is the million-dollar question, which leads me to…
Why are so many people, who have jobs, complaining about what they do, who they work for, or the people they work with. As Christians we are called to a higher order in character display. So why do we look like the world when it comes to expressing our unhappiness with work?
If we take the biblical perspective, we would have no choice but to awake each morning with enthusiasm for the opportunity to work for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After all, scripture tells us that we are not working for ‘a man’, but THE MAN.
Let each born again believer commit to face each new day with enthusiasm and thanksgiving (for having a job for those who actually have one), joy (the joy of the Lord is our strength) and perseverance (the race is not given to the swift, but to those who endure). Remembering that we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t faint (i.e., give up). RIGHT NOW, will you pause and confess to God your past issue with offering genuine, unconditional service in your job? No grumbling and complaining about anything!
So tomorrow when you see that person who gets on your last nerve, remember you’re actually serving Jesus – put on a genuine smile, wish them a great day and keep moving. Perhaps they need a listening ear, so be that ear. If you notice their spirit is low, say a kind word as that may be just what they need to get through the day or that moment. . .you are the eyes, ears, hands, feet and arms of the Almighty God. This means you are valuable and have power through the Holy Spirit. Walk straight and face your giants – God is just waiting to place you in the land He has prepared just for you.
Pray for those who despitefully use you and say vile things about you? Bless those who curse you. . .these are doable if you’ve released your psyche and will to God. He truly is the boss of you. . .act like it and do it with joy.
Perform your spiritual act of worship: daily offering your body as a living sacrifice. When you begin to rejoice in your job daily and express gratitude and thankfulness toward a loving God, you will see doors open.
As you review the past few days, how has your attitude been toward your job?
How will you overcome a negative attitude?
What one positive thing can you discover and/or focus on this week concerning your job?