Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men . . . (Ephesians 6:7)
There are many different callings for the people of God, but we have only one Boss . . . His name is Jesus Christ. Regardless of where you work and serve and regardless of who signs your paycheck, ultimately the One you work for is Jesus.
When you think about this truth for a moment, you realize that, at this level of living for the Lord, your work becomes a witness. Whatever those in authority ask of you on the job should be viewed as coming from our Lord Himself—as long as the request does not violate the revealed truth of sacred Scripture.
This understanding should transform how we view our work and how we perform it. It means there is no such thing as menial labor, because your labor is performed for the glory of God. Not only that, but it also means that your work has eternal value, because it is being done for the glory of the Eternal One.
Now, you may be thinking, “Pastor, you don’t know the job I currently have or the boss I have to put up with!” That’s true, I don’t. But God certainly does know, and He has not only called you to your current position, but He has given you everything you need to work in excellence.
Let’s look at a little more of Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians:
. . . [B]ecause you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does . . . (Ephesians 6:8)
Wow! If we work wholeheartedly in serving the Lord, regardless of how pleasant or difficult the situation, we can expect the Lord’s reward! Now, let me quickly add that we do not obligate God to bless us by serving Him; but God, in His great grace, has determined to pour out His blessings upon those who work and live in the light of eternity. And that means that there is nothing you are currently doing on your job that is being done in vain. Your boss may not acknowledge you. Your boss may not even know your name. But your real Boss knows you and loves you and delights in blessing you!
In light of these truths, do you see the importance of whatever job you currently hold? It may not be important in the eyes of man, but it is important in the eyes of God. And if it is important to God, it truly doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. God has promised to reward you—not so much for your fruitfulness, but rather for your faithfulness.
Press on, Christian knowing that your real Boss is cheering you on.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!