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“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Ephesians 6:7,8). “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23,24).
Yesterday I was speaking to a business leader about the challenges of ramping up the work load at his company. As an “essential” business his company has been working throughout this pandemic. They project an increase in their work load the next several months and he has the duty of managing this.
In other cases people are slowly returning to work after a lengthy period of being off due to the coronavirus. Alarm clocks have been shut off, demands of our schedule have lessened significantly, contributing to a large population who have become rather lethargic. They will have to build up their stamina and even restoke their will to get back to work!
We question current government policies that may very well lessen the incentive to work and decrease personal responsibility. (Actually it already is. This morning I talked to an HVAC service tech friend who shared how many just don’t want to work now and can make more money not working.) Many of us feared this would happen, but after he shared of this reality my mind traveled to one of the first sermons my brother, Pat, preached back in his Bible College days.
He is now retired after serving various churches for some 40 years.Following high school he became a Christian while serving the military in Europe. Upon his discharge he immediately enrolled in Bible College to prepare for ministry where I caught up with him two years later at the same college. Coincidentally, today is Pat’s birthday!
The Scriptural teaching in our daily texts is a call to diligence in work. Many have a slovenly attitude toward their work, doing as little as they can. Today’s texts are teaching from the Apostle Paul to Christian slaves but this principle can easily be applied to all secular work and to the work of ministry. Consider the phrases, “Serve wholeheartedly” and “Work at it with all your heart”.
In our work responsibilities we should indeed serve wholeheartedly. Christians should be an example of diligence! As part of their testimony they should be among the most exemplary workers any company has. What kind of employee are you? I encourage you to consider the end use of the product you are making or service you are providing and the blessing it may be to many people.
We should apply these principles in our work ethic toward our employers. In whatever we do, our work should be “as to the Lord”. I like the pulpit study notes on this verse: “Every mean and hard task is dignified and sweetened by the thought of being done for Christ, and the commonest work must be done with the zeal and thoroughness that His service demands.”
As you work or get back to work ask the Lord to reveal to you the dignity of your work and apply your work skills with a spirit of diligence.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, when we’re tempted to be halfhearted in our vocational work or find ourselves bored by monotonous repetition help us to find creative means that will make us even more productive and content in our work assignments. May our conduct and attitude reflect values set forth in Scripture. Prompt us to be faithful in prayer for our employers, supervisors, co-workers, and the business in which we serve. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
May the joy of the Lord accompany you in your work today. Be sure not to keep it to yourself; spread it to others around you!