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How Would Jesus Have You Do Your Job?

A retired friend became interested in the construction of an addition to a shopping mall. Observing the activity regularly, he was especially impressed by the conscientious operator of a large piece of equipment. The day finally came when my friend had a chance to tell this man how much he'd enjoyed watching his scrupulous work. Looking astonished, the operator replied, "You mean you're not the supervisor'?"

The story in the above paragraph was related by Howard A. Stein in the Reader's Digest. All kinds of jobs and tasks have to be done in the world, and they range from magnificent to mundane to messy in nature. A perpetual challenge facing many employers is to maintain a high degree of motivation and a firm commitment to excellence among employees.

Those committed to excellence stand out of the crowd. Jesus came to earth to do His Father's work, and He didn't slough off as He did it. His contemporaries noticed and said of Him, "He has done all things well" (Mark 7:37). It is impossible to think of Jesus doing a sloppy, half-hearted, "just-do-enough to-get-by" job at anything He put His hand to do! Whether building a table in the carpenter's shop or building the kingdom of God, Jesus did His best to bring glory to God the Father.

Ephesians 6:5-8 challenges us to think about our work and the way we go about doing it. Though originally written to 1st century Christian slaves, there are principles which still apply to every child of God who is employed or otherwise responsible to do a job. The passage reads, "Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free." Paul does not commend or condone slavery in this or any other passage addressed to slaves. He is reminding slaves the way they performed their work was important — the way they went about their work reflected not just on them but also on the Lord! The upshot is that they could bring honor and glory to God by the way they did their jobs and the attitude with which they did them. Not only was an earthly boss watching — God was, too!

Is Jesus Lord when you are on the job? Whether flipping hamburgers or fighting fires, whether operating a machine or on a heart, whether teaching math or teaching a Bible class, whether sweeping the floors or searching for lost souls, Christians work for the Lord and not just men. The question is not just what kind of job you have. The question is does the way you do the job bring glory to Jesus. Commit to do it that way. Then someday when Christ returns and gives you your pay, it will be more than enough!

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ