Whatever You Do

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 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, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – If you’ve read my story (see “Adam’s Life Will Be Full of Toil”) you know that several years ago I worked for a bank that failed during the “Great Recession.”  It was a stressful time, working very long hours, as we tried vainly to save the bank from what ultimately proved inevitable.  The stress was compounded by the fact that I was legally prohibited from telling anyone what was going on.

During this time, on one of my long morning commutes and nearing the time that the regulators finally shut us down, I was reflecting on the futility of our efforts.  Thinking to myself, “there has to be a better way to make a living,” the truck I had been following turned off on a side road.  Emblazoned across its door I read “Steve’s Portable Toilet and Septic Service.”  Kind of made me think that maybe there could be worse ways to make a living — at least for me.  My current boss jokes that maybe I missed a sign for a higher calling that day.

Now, I don’t mean to disparage those who provide these services.  They are, of course, vital services that many are unwilling to do.  There are many occupations like that, and many fine people in them.  And it could be that they might have the same thoughts about my occupation, stuck behind a desk all day long? My mom and dad worked in “blue collar” jobs until they retired, and you would be hard-pressed to meet finer people with a stronger work ethic.  I guess what I am trying to say is — it is not the job that defines the kind of person they are, it is how they go about their job (their character) that defines the kind of person they are. 

My Advice – Jesus, our LORD, Savior and Creator, washed His disciples’ feet.  Not in humiliation, but in humility.  Not out of obligation, but out of love.  Let’s show admiration and respect for all those who work hard for an honest living, no matter what they do and no matter what you may feel about it.  God views their service just as favorable as yours and will reward them as richly as you. 

But more importantly, let’s not let our occupation define who we are.  Let our relationship with Christ, and how we serve Him, define who we are.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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