As you go through your day to day, be it at the office or chores around the house, how do you go about it? Who are you working for? What is your attitude? I’m blessed to have two jobs that I enjoy doing, am good at and my efforts are recognized and appreciated. I have days, like most I imagine, but find little room for complaint.
Part of my attitude toward my jobs, is the result of a perspective shift. I know that not everyone is working in a field or a position that is satisfying to them. Many don’t work for a boss that appreciates them or is easy to get along with. For many their job is just merely a means to a living. In my opinion this is not much of a living.
Now, before you do something rash like put in your notice or tell your boss to take a short walk, ask yourself, “is part of the problem me? How’s my attitude or perspective affecting the situation?” Ask yourself, “who do I work for?”
In Colossians 3:23-25 the bible says;
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. (NKJV)
The first time this passage came to my attention was a total AHAH! moment for me. It was a perspective changer. I don’t work for any man. No, I work for the Lord and it’s high time I start acting like it.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)
After creating Adam, the first thing God does is create for him a garden and commands him to work it. From the beginning of man’s history, God expected him to work and to do it for Him. After all, does God need us to tend His garden? ABSOLUTELY NOT! This, men, is a pivotal revelation. Our work, whatever it may be is God’s. He provides and directs it?
Oh, Scott, but you don’t know what kind of job, what kind of boss I have. You’re right, I don’t, but God does. You don’t think He put you there, put your boss there, put your coworkers there for a reason? Could it be that possibly, maybe, just maybe, He’s got a plan, He’s shaping, He’s molding and He’s using you for a specific purpose? When you start working, doing your job with the mindset that God is your boss, that He is in charge and you better be doing the best you can, striving for His approval, I guarantee things will change. That change, will most assuredly be for the better.
The change will likely manifest first in you. It will positively affect everything you do, how you do it and how you see it. Next, the change will reflect itself onto others and how they respond. If it doesn’t have the affect you’d like on others, hey that’s ok. You’re not working for them. You are working for the Lord. If He’s pleased He’ll respond. You’ll see it, feel it. I know this because the bible promises it in verse 24.
There is no work greater or lesser before God. All work has value, if, big if, you…do it heartily, as to the Lord…
So, I ask again, who are you working for? May God bless you and the work you do for Him.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,