Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ephesians 6:7-8

Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.

Human tendency is to want to get rich quick, work less, and make more. People buy lottery tickets and gamble, sure that the next time will bring the long awaited windfall. We feel we deserve more money for our work and demand higher wages and benefits through our unions. We feel that certain jobs are beneath us and then complain that foreign workers come in and “steal” our jobs. We demand more services from our government, and they print more money and borrow from other governments, devaluing the dollar, inflating prices, and causing us to demand higher wages and more government services. We buy now/pay later and just throw everything on our credit cards.

Even though some of these things may seem good in certain circumstances, is it God’s plan for Christians? Following the example of Christ we will be in submission to our employers, even if the boss is creep and the wages are low. 1 Peter 2:18 says, "Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.” That’s tough! Our desire would be to get out of that job as quickly as possible and gripe and complain for whatever time we had to suffer through the job. If you are a believer then every day of your life is a living testimony. Whether you have a job you enjoy or a mundane job you have only to pay the bills, you are to work to glorify God that men will see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Christian laborers should have such a reputation of honesty, hard work, and integrity that we would be in demand by every level of employer.

God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission - I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. - John Henry Newman

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