May 11th

Better Jobs

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God...knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:22,24

Is your job worth it? Is it worth all the effort and long hours you put into it? Do you ever get thanks from your boss, any kind of reward for your labor?

Most of us probably think the answer to these questions is no. No, Bob, I don't get any-

thing for all the work I do, but I do it anyway. I work my tail off for this company and I never get anything to show for it.

I have two things to say to us today that will help us where the workplace is concerned. First, I think most of us have to shift our paradigms of work expectations. We think we are working above and beyond when really we are only meeting the basic expectations for our positions.

If all we do is show up on time, leave on time, complete our assigned tasks on time in a satisfactory manner, and contribute nothing to the negative aspects of the workplace, then we are barely breaking even. We do these things and then expect a five-star review from our boss when we are only doing three-star work.

We have to find ways of going above and beyond the basics of what we were hired to do if we expect to be considered excellent. Otherwise we should not be surprised to receive little thanks or recognition, as we are merely meeting expectations. I will not go out of my way to thank an employee for average.

However, assuming that we think of ourselves rightly at work, yet still receive no credit or reward, here is our comfort: God will reward us for our faithful service, for we have been serving Christ Jesus the whole time.

And what is the reward He will give us? Inheritance.

Wait. Inheritance means someone died and gave me something they earned during their lifetime. Who was that?

Jesus. That's right, Jesus died so that you could receive an inheritance from your FatherGod. Can you imagine how glorious an inheritance from God might be? Yeah, me neither, but one thing I do know-I know it changes the way I go to work in the morning.

No matter who my boss is-good or bad-I know I work for Christ Jesus, and He will give me the inheritance as my reward.

Prayer Lord Jesus,

Thank You that You are really the one that I serve when I go to work and You are a just boss. Please help me to be a good employee, and thank You for my reward.


Horizon Church