Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns. He is the one you are really working for.
Colossians 3:23-24 TLB
A slave is defined as, “a person who is wholly subject to the will of another.” We are slaves to Christ first and foremost because we live our lives to serve Him, but we are also slaves in our workplace, meaning we are employees of the company and our bosses are the masters over us. This may be shocking to your mind to think of it in terms like this, but it’s true according to Scripture. Even in the most irritating and stressful of jobs, Christians are supposed to be a light in a dark place. This means that we cannot behave, think, and talk like everyone else on the job. Our co-workers, bosses, and customers should see something different about us. Most people hate their jobs, but what this attitude says is that you’re unthankful for what provision God has supplied you with. Having this type of attitude eventually leads to your actions showing exactly how you feel—your work will be half done, you’ll be unpleasant, you’ll engage in gossip, etc. This doesn’t please God one bit and it decreases your witness in the workplace. Having the wrong mindset will make any job/task stressful because it’s how you are thinking about it. It may be a simple task, but because you hate it, it makes it harder, and when things get hard, stress settles in.
I know it can be hard to maintain a positive attitude when you don’t like your co-workers, your boss is a jerk, your tasks are unfulfilling, and quite frankly, you would rather be someplace else, doing something else. I know the feeling all too well, but when we do what Colossians 3:23-24 says and go to work like we are working for God, it does ease the pain and lessens some of the stress. See when you’re in love with God, you’ll do anything to please Him. I don’t want to send the message that I’m ungrateful for what He has provided me with, so if that means I have to do some adjusting in my attitude and the words that come out of my mouth, so be it! Think about it like this, God is your Provider, not your job. That’s enough right there to change your attitude. God wants us to glorify Him in all that we do, and that includes at the workplace. If you adopt a grateful attitude, and since God is your Provider, He can take you from one place and promote you to another. For example, Daniel proved himself to be a man of excellence and integrity and he was promoted (see Daniel 6:3). When you have an attitude of excellence and an “I work for God” mentality, He takes notice of it and everything you do will prosper (see Deuteronomy 30:9), and there is no stress with prosperity that God gives you (see Proverbs 10:22).
Your job can be very challenging, but when you place your focus on God, it will become an enjoyable place to be, mainly because you recognize God is there with you. Work doesn’t have to be stressful if you change how you think about it. God is there and you are there because of Him. If you work together with God and not against Him, your work becomes easier and more enjoyable because in the presence of God everything becomes less stressful.
When the alarm clock goes off, instead of rolling your eyes and complaining about getting up, simply say, “I’m going to work for God today and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.”
Meditation Scripture (s):
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NIV)