– by Tendai Chitsike
When we get to grips with the implications of the Gospel for our work, it is nothing short of revolutionary. Materialism and consumerism have had devastating effects on how we work. Often, as Christians, we have regarded work in the same way, bringing discouragement to our soul and diminishing our impact on the culture. Thankfully, we have God’s Word to redirect us to the significance of our work. Consider how we are to view our relationship with our employer in a totally different light. Paul writes to servants at Colosse saying: “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God” – Col 3:22-23. Amongst other things, the Scripture reveals that God is our real, or ultimate employer.
How does this radically change our view of work?
Employers, like the rest of humanity, will see certain things and miss others. They may favour others and overlook you. Thankfully however, it does not end there, because if God is my ultimate employer, He sees everything. If my employer undermines me, my work still has incredible significance because I am ultimately working for God.
You don’t serve man, you serve God
Now, the motivation is not to be seen by a fallen human, but to please God in all I do. With such a deeper motivation, I can pour my life into a worthy cause, above the fickle motivation of people-pleasing. Consider Joseph in Egypt, a foreign slave who was unjustly imprisoned. His chances of advancement were below nil. Yet, in every circumstance, he served excellently as unto God, and he finally came into his own, demonstrating that ultimately “…promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God” – Psalm 75:7. May we not lose heart by looking to human employers, but rather look to our ultimate Master, and worship Him in work.
Article source: JOY! Magazine