We all know that sound. When we first get the news of a promotion or that assignment we want, it’s the sound of our heart beating with excitement. Yet, in the middle of a tedious project that is seeming to last forever, draining away all of our energy, it is the sound of the clock ticking. Ever. So. Slowly.
As my dad used to say, work isn’t always fun–that’s why they call it work. And yet, work is something we all do, whether it’s the work of raising a family, the work of making a living, or both.
Every day, as we go about our business, people are watching. How dedicated are we? Do we have a positive attitude or do we grumble and complain? Do we finish what we start, or do we leave the job half-done? Is our work done right, or is it filled with errors? Do we treat customers and colleagues with kindness and integrity?
The Bible says we should work at everything we do as if we were working for the Lord himself. One reason is that when we serve the Lord, we can expect to receive an inheritance from Him as a reward.
Another motivator is that in doing our work well, we emulate Jesus in glorifying our Father in heaven. As our character at work reveals Christ to those around us, we become the lights in the world that God intended us to be.
Are you working today as if for the Lord? Are you letting your light shine in your workplace? Pray that God will show you how to be an effective witness right where you are.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 4:11a