We spend a great deal of time at our jobs and in return we receive compensation for our time. God’s desire is for us to work as unto Him. Not just to look good, but to truly go to work and do our jobs as if He was our actual boss.
Ephesians 6:5-8, 5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
A bondservant, according to the dictionary, is a slave or a person forced to work without wage. Unfortunately there is still slavery going on in different places in the world. Paul would be speaking directly to those people, but Christians can learn from Paul’s teaching as it also relates to the work place. Paul actually called himself a bondservant of Christ. I have also heard of people in prison catching the truth of these verses and it changed their lives. They not only became the model prisoner, but their conversion was real and they were able to bring other prisoners to Christ. These verses are also excellent for the employee of today. With all the bibles in homes across America, it is quite possible that the lives of Christians walked out in front of bosses, fellow employees, and in our personal time, is the only bible many people read. This makes me question what people are reading in the lives of Christians today.
Christians need to always remember that to follow Christ in everything is foremost in our lives. We are never to follow this scripture to the point of doing anything outside of our faith. We need to be mindful that, although our call as Christians is to tell other people about the gospel of Christ, our obligation while at work is to do the job we are paid to do. Taking time from work to witness is no different than the person riding the clock to make more money. Both are stealing from their employer. God is no respecter of persons and He will not be mocked. For those who understand these two principles, to work as unto the Lord will free God’s hands for His blessings to flow through your employer. God is ultimately our source, and He has a mastery of using favor of men to bless us financially. Consequently for those who choose to do just enough to get the job done, don’t be surprised when just enough is all you get paid.
There is a deeper principle here than doing your best to free God’s hands for your financial blessings. As I mentioned earlier, most people who own bibles do not open them up and therefore, when they see the lives of Christians they tend to identify or understand what God is all about through our actions. Approach work selfishly and that is what people may think of Christians. We are never alone even when no one is around us. When God sees us working our best in front of our employer, and slacking when alone, we have become men-pleasers in His sight. Luke 16:10-12 is a perfect example of how God looks on diligence. To the one who is faithful in whatever talent he is given and uses that talent even when the boss is not there, he will be rewarded. If you simply choose to just sit on your talent and do just enough to get by, you risk losing what you have. This can even be worse if you are openly touting your Christianity. Not only are you displeasing God, but have allowed the enemy to use you to discredit Christ in front of a non-believer. Your witness will fall on deaf ears.
To whom much is given, much is required, (Luke 12:48). We have been given the most precious gift of salvation, and to be called a child of God. Do you want to honor God and show him you love Him, live for Him in everything you do including going to work as unto the Lord? To answer the question of what to do when working for a “heathen” boss that does not seem interested in Jesus? Why work as unto the Lord for him? 1 Corinthians 7:23 tells us we were bought with a price and not to be servants of men, so Ephesians 6:5-8 is more than just our actions. Paul is challenging our heart attitude. Matthew 10:42 tells us God looks at our heart, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward”. We may not always see our reward completely in this life as there are too many injustices, but to those who do not lose heart, great will be their reward when they reach heaven.
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