Fact: Most people don’t love their jobs, the people they work with, or the boss they report to. Actually, most people flat-out hate and loathe what they do for a living.
What about you? Do you love or despise the work you do to earn a living?
Did you know that God’s plan…from the very beginning of time…was for people to blessed while working? It’s true. Adam’s job was to tend the Garden of Eden. That was his job. It only became a “chore” after sin entered the garden. From that time forward, Adam labored by the sweat of his brow.
An area which God has specifically revealed His plan for your life about is the area of voluntary employment, indentured servitude, and out right slavery. Yes, even slavery!
If you ever find yourself a slave, the owned possession of a harsh slave master, then God’s will is that you work ever so diligently on their behalf. This is a hard one to swallow, I know. With the idea of slavery in mind, however, how much greater workers should we be as voluntary employees at our 9-5 job?
Writing to the church in Ephesus, the apostle Paul said,
“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free” (Ephesians 6:5-8).
I don’t know about you, but that seems hard to swallow!
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul says that when you work, act like your boss—your slave master—is Jesus Christ Himself!
Question: Would you follow the demands and expectations of your employer more closely if your boss was Jesus Christ? If yes, then you’ve broken this command regarding God’s will for your life. The service we each render as employees is to be faithful, giving one hundred percent of our time, attention, and motivation to our master’s (employer’s) business.
It may seem difficult—even unreasonable at times—to do this. But it is, nevertheless, God’s will for your life today.
When it comes to your job, God wants you performing the will of the Lord from the heart, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and even during overtime.
QUESTION: If a Christian man or woman dislikes his or her job or their boss, what is the best way of handling that situation? (Please comment below)
* Image credit: Chris Schroeder (Creation Swap)