What do other believers say about your work?
The message is simple: We must do our work 100%. Nobody must be able to point a finger in our direction. Christians must show others how to really work.
We know about the extra mile that has to be walked, but who’s first at the door when the clock strikes five? Who spends the most time chatting to others?
When you do your work well, the respect you have for other people, your employer and for God, will be seen. Then other people will have respect for you too. Then the seed of the Lord that falls in the soil will germinate and grow easier. And most important: Other people won’t badmouth God because you’re not doing your work.
1-2Whoever is a slave must make the best of it, giving respect to his master so that outsiders don’t blame God and our teaching for his behavior. Slaves with Christian masters all the more so—their masters are really their beloved brothers!
We have a responsibility to lead as employees. We must show the world and our colleagues how it should be done, because that is how God’s name will be glorified.
The way in which we work can also have an influence on how other people experience Christians. Our faithfulness can have a positive or negative impact on the preaching of the Gospel.
People watch one another closely. They don’t seem to be looking, but in the meantime everything you do is being observed and evaluated.
God calls you to lead in the market place. Look up and find places where you can do even more. As children of God we have to!
Each of us has been called to make a difference right where we are. Aunty Mary has been called to make a difference in her congregation:
Yes, everybody has been called to his or her part. I lead the prayer meeting in our church. We are 28 church members who meet once a month. Usually, we invite a guest speaker. I’ve been doing this for 22 years and I love serving the Lord in this way. I’m 84 years old and still healthy enough to continue doing it until I can’t do it anymore.
Aunty Mary knows what her calling is. She knows what her responsibility is and that confirms what I always say: Your calling and responsibility to do what God calls you to do every day of your life never retires.
May we as Christians lead. May we win the best employee of the year every year. And anyway, if there’s no prize like that at your work, knowing that we work for God and that He is satisfied with our work is sufficient.
1 Timothy 6:1-2
What do people say about God when they look at your work?
Do you give everything?
What more can you do?
Lord, I want to lift your Name high by the way I work and deal with other people. Please help me to be an example. Amen.