Our theme for this month: “Character and Integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men …” Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Christians should be the best workers”
Recently I read a description of a man’s job that was pretty bleak and depressing. Here’s how it was described: “He had a menial, dead-end job. They assigned him tasks non one else wanted – the “dumb work,” the dirty work, the dangerous work. They called him out at all hours of the day and night to satisfy the whims of his supervisors. He had little hope for advancement. In fact, he’d be lucky just to keep his job; plenty of others stood in line, ready to replace him. Whether he even lived or died mattered little. He was a first-century Roman slave.”
I know, I know, you thought I was describing your job. But no, that’s what life was like for the average Roman slave in the time of the Apostle Paul. Yet, such a man mattered to God, and his work mattered too. Paul wrote that as a Christian such a person was no longer just a slave, he was an employee of the Lord Jesus Christ! And that should make all the difference.
The Bible teaches us to approach our work as an expression of our faith. We can honor and even worship God by the way we perform our labor. Work was God’s idea. He invented it and He is the one who has commanded us to have a job and to pay our own way through life. Having a job, meeting your own needs and those of your family, is a good thing. Not only are we to do it, but we are to do it well.
In every occupation, in every workplace, Christians should always be the best employees. We should be the ones with the best work ethic. We should stand out as an exemplary employee because we are conducting our work as a means of serving our Lord and not simply to please a human boss. I encourage you to honor Jesus by the way you perform your job.