November 19 – What’s It Like at Work?

Colossians 3: 22 – 4: 1  NLT

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.”

 4: 1
Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master – in heaven.”

Our culture doesn’t have the slave and master situation, but Paul’s advice could apply to our work situations. Employees who are Christ followers should “try to please them (their bosses) all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (v. 22 – 23)  Is that your attitude toward your job, toward the person you work for?

So often, employees and employers are in a conflict mode – arguments about pay raises, working conditions, etc. Strikes. We’ll talk at work about how much we dislike our boss, how incompetent we think he/she is. Reading these verses today is a real wake-up call. Do I go to work with a conscious decision to work for God?

If you are “the boss”, someone who is over other employees, you have a responsibility too. You are to be fair in the way you treat those under you. In fact, God is the example you need to follow.  Oh … that means as a boss I need to be tender-hearted, merciful, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving, loving, peaceful, and thankful. Now that brings the level of being the boss to a whole new level. 

Paul tells us in these verses what we are to hope and strive for. “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (3: 16 – 17)

Our song for today is Strong Enough by Matthew West.

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