Who do you work for?
In this day and age it’s easy to feel like we’re just another rat, in the great rat race. Our routine doesn’t differ much from one day to the next. We wake up, grab a bite (maybe) and run out the door. We’re in a hurry to get to work, where we’ll be in a hurry all day, and then we’ll be in a hurry to get home so we can be in a hurry to do other things before being a hurry to get back to work again the next morning.
It’s no secret that our daily grind can become mundane. It can even become discouraging, to the point of being a burden. Work to live, and live to work. Or so it may seem. Now that I’ve made you think about you think about your job while you’re not at it, I’ll offer you a different perspective. Suppose you’re not working for your boss/company after all. Suppose you’re not even working for yourself. Suppose you’re working for a higher calling. Suppose that higher calling is from the Creator of the Universe. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
So now we’re “working for the Lord.” What exactly does that change? What does it mean to me? Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean to quit your job and start preaching on a street corner. Your kids still need shoes, and the light bill won’t stop coming. Working for the Lord may not mean anything as far as a change in actual careers. It just gives us a new reason to go to work. Before, you were a doctor, a lawyer, an electrician, or a plumber. Now you’re a Christian doctor, a Christian lawyer, a Christian electrician, or a Christian plumber. Your job site is your mission field. Does that mean you preach a sermon to your co-workers every day, or that you organize a team prayer meeting before work every morning? Maybe. It could also mean that you’re the only guy in your office who doesn’t talk like everyone else. Maybe you don’t have to say anything at all! Maybe someone just notices that there’s something “different” about you, and they start asking you questions about why that might be.
Then there’s the job itself. We wouldn’t want to be at less than our A-game when working for the Lord. If you’re a carpenter, you don’t want you people to have a less than stellar opinion of Christians based poor workmanship. Some people will find reasons not to like Christians. Don’t give them an additional reason to because you have that Jesus sticker on your tool box, but you did a shoddy job fixing their car. No, we want to do our job as if we were doing it for God himself… Because we are! In the end, He pays better than the guy you’ve been working for.
Danny Burnham Religion Contributor