Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:22-24)
One of my favorite down-to-earth Christian living pastors is Ron Hutchcraft. He describes our earthly professions as clever disguises for our true purpose – We are Ambassadors for Christ, cleverly disguised as nurses, teachers, doctors, servers, and flight attendants. Many people in this world will never attend a church or hear a sermon; our lives are the only testimony of Christ that many will see. How loudly are our lives proclaiming Christ?
A while ago, I returned to my career-job on a very part-time basis. (I work in health care). With the above verse in mind, I wondered how I could go about serving the Lord at my “regular” job.
A number of ideas came to mind, which I have been working on:
- Pray for opportunities to be salt and light among my co-workers
- Pray for each patient as I treat them, asking God to use their current medical situation to bring them to awareness of Him and their need for Him
- Pray for my co-workers as individuals, to soften their hearts towards the gospel
Those are the “easy” things. Some “harder” things are:
- Abstain from workplace gossip.
While I don’t generally start gossip, I find it very difficult to not participate in it or silently “condone” it. As in, I don’t know how to stop someone from talking about others. Assertiveness is not my strong point. Apparently, I want to be “liked” by my co-workers, as much as I sometimes think I care more about what God thinks of me. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10) Ouch.
- Work hard, and do a good job.
This has included finding constructive things to do when we are not very busy, such as cleaning. This helps me to avoid the gossip situations as well.
- Take opportunities to share about Jesus.
Praying for opportunities is one thing. Seeing them and seizing them are two others. I am praying for boldness in this area.
No matter who my earthly employer is, it is Jesus I serve. Would he be pleased with my choices at work?
Please help me to glorify you in my workplace. I pray for opportunities to be salt and light for you, that I would recognize these opportunities and have the boldness to take advantage of them for Your Name’s sake.