“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” (Matthew 24:46)
Faith is one thing but it is actions that really count. Works are evidence of faith. Faith without works is dead. Some could do well to stop talking about it, and get on a do it. We have so much teaching and input, how about a little output? How about a lot of output? Of those who have been given much, much will be required.
Work is intrinsically good; a business does not need to justify its existence through support of non-business outcomes. However, all that we called to be, and to do, needs to be done well and in keeping with God’s principals.
Our lives should be evidence of an encounter with the living God, transformed and unrecognizable from what they were.
Quick Prayer. “Please remind me of the need to work for your Kingdom Lord.” Amen
“The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)
This truth is perfectly presented in the person of Jesus. The greatest of all was the servant of all. As we seek to serve others, God will exalt us. As we seek to be exalted he may well oppose the proud. This is counter to human nature as we all want significance and to be esteemed.
There is a part of us that will use others to advance ourselves. We need to be reminded of God’s way to counter our own ambition. Let’s learn from the Master and learn to serve.
As we choose to be faithful in serving, doors will open that no man can shut, and opportunities will come as we prove to be faithful in the discharge of our God-given responsibilities.
Jesus is our example!
Quick Prayer. “Teach me to serve like you did.” Amen
“So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, “Do business till I come.” (Luke 19:13)
“Do business til I come”? Some say God is not interested in business. His Word seems to disagree.
God is intimately interested in your work life. It is not an add-on or just a way to provide. He has asked you to work and will show you how to work in ways you will not expect.
Your ministry and calling is in the marketplace. Expect him to guide and lead you just as a minister in a church will be guided and led. There is no difference in the calling.
He wants you in business, where you are most effective.
Oh, and it is okay to relax and enjoy the journey.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you want me in business.” Amen
“Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.” (Pro 25:13)
A cold, crisp, refreshing drink after a hard day’s labor is one of life’s simple and rewarding pleasures. In this Scripture, that feeling of being refreshed and satisfied is compared to a faithful person who serves us at work.
We all know how great it is to find someone who is motivated and capable who can get on with a job and do excellent work. It is refreshing to see and experience excellence in a task assigned to someone.
Likewise, we should refresh those who have entrusted a task to us. If we operate with excellence and integrity, we will be a blessing to those in authority over us. We are also more likely to be blessed if we are a refreshing blessing.
Quick Prayer: Let me refresh those around me. Amen.
“Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.” (1 Tim 6:2)
Do you serve someone who is a fellow believer? You know that God sees you as equals and that he or she has a duty of care, but what should our response be when God places another believer in authority over us?
The Scripture is clear that we should go the extra mile to ensure we are model employees and respect and serve them even more than we would normally do. The other person’s conduct and walk is not our responsibility; it is between him or her and God. Our responsibility is to serve our leaders as we would Christ, to be a model employee, and to respect their authority.
Quick Prayer: Lord, I will especially honor other Christians I work with. Amen.