Do you ever get frustrated at work? Do you ever feel like your work doesn’t matter? Then read these thoughts from Stephen Altrogge and be encouraged.
Do you ever wonder if your job really matters?
All day long you sit in a cubicle and enter numbers into a spreadsheet. By the end of the day your eyes are ready to bleed and your brain synapses are shot. Or you work for a landscaping company, spending your days atop a lawn mower, always caught in a cloud of grass and pollen and sweat.
At the end of the day you wonder, “Does this really matter? Does it matter if I work hard on my spreadsheets or lawns? My boss doesn’t seem to notice, and no one pays much attention to me. Would anyone care if I did my job halfheartedly?”
Yes, someone would care. In Ephesians 6:5-6, Paul writes:
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ…
You may not be a slave, but in a very real way, your boss/company is your earthly master, and the way you work should reflect the fact that you follow Christ. You are called to work with a sincere heart, as you would Christ.
Would your level of enthusiasm change if Jesus himself requested a spreadsheet? Would you be more passionate if Jesus asked you to put a new roof on his house? William Hendriksen says:
Fill your service with the energy and the enthusiasm with which you would fill it were it done for Christ, for it really is being done for Christ. It is to him that you belong.
So when you go into work tomorrow, remember who you really serve. Jesus is your CEO. Throw yourself into your work with an enthusiasm worthy of Christ. You belong to him, and he will reward you.
Questions for Discussion:
- When are you most tempted to be lazy at your job?
- How should knowing that Christ is your true CEO affect the way you go about your work?
- Would others know that you are a Christian by the way you work?