1 Timothy 6:1,2 (ESV) 1 Let all who are under a yoke as bond servants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things.
How do you approach work? How do you view your boss(es)? How do you engage with your coworkers, customers or any others you have daily contact with? Is how those you work with see you how Jesus would like to be seen?
This is a very convicting passage for me. I can very humbly admit the answers to the above questions are not always positive. I, like most of you I imagine, have my moments. Moments where I lose my patience, temper and certainly lack in the grace department. I have moments where I get caught up in running the job, or worse yet, the boss down. This happens on rarer occasions, as a grow and mature in faith, but it still happens. Bottom line, it shouldn’t.
In moments where my “self” gets in the way of The Spirit, the measure of negative impact is hard to quantify. Self guided actions injure The Holy Spirit, those around me who are unfortunate enough to witness it and the view the world around me has of Jesus Christ.
What we do is not nearly as important as how we do it. Ambition is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can’t be the only thing. If it is, our “self” gives into our ambitions and desires and how we get there becomes less and less important. So long as we get there, right? Wrong!
The most important legacy we can leave behind when we’re gone, is not what we did for a living, what we have, or what we achieved. It’s how we lived the life we were given. It’s how we treat those around us, how they see us, how we impacted their lives and how our lives impacted the Kingdom. Everyday is an opportunity to seek out God’s righteousness and reflect that to any and everyone around us. How are you doing? Have a blessed weekend.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,