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Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Earthly Boss Is Not Really My Boss

In review of Colossians 3:23-24 it says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”

Bottom Line:
Work hard and cheerfully in all you do, as if you were working directly for the Lord rather than people, knowing that he will reward you as he is the one you are really working for.

What this means to me:
I am to work hard and cheerfully in everything I do. I do so as if I were working directly for the Lord rather than men. I should know that he will reward me for doing so, as in everything I do I am working for him.

Given this, my boss is not really my boss. My ultimate boss is Jesus.

The Bible says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT, second edition).

There are two important parts of this verse:

First, I can have a better attitude about work once I understand that, no matter where I work or who I work for, my real boss is Jesus.

Keeping this in mind will make it easier to be enthusiastic about my job, especially when I stop thinking, “I’m doing this for my boss” or “I’m doing this for a paycheck” and instead start thinking, “I’m doing this for the Lord.” By understanding this truth, I’ll be able to do anything — from running a company to washing dishes — turning it into an act of worship.

Secondly, when I can turn my work into worship, I will start storing up credits in Heaven. I’ll be making eternal deposits.

So It doesn’t matter if I’m vacuuming the rug, repairing a car, serving in the military, or managing an office, any job I do can become an act of worship if I do it enthusiastically for God: “So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV).

Knowing that Jesus is my ultimate boss will help me keep the right perspective and enable me to persevere especially when it gets difficult in dealing with personalities and personal agendas. Having this perspective and working this way can become an act of worship, because anything I do with enthusiasm in service and for the right motives that results in giving myself up and sacrificing is an act of worship to God. With this perspective even the mundane tasks I come across are handled not just as an inconvenience but rather as a service.

Today I will focus on doing all my work with Christ as my boss.

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