A Working Witness

 

February 24

 

Read Ephesians 6:5-9 (ESV)

Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

 

Reflect

What attitude should Christians have towards work? What attitude should Christians in leadership positions have towards their employees?

 

Have you ever worked with someone who had a really bad attitude? Maybe they disobeyed management and broke company policies for their own benefit whenever the boss wasn’t watching. Maybe they rolled their eyes and complained behind the manager’s back.

 

When the supervisor is watching, employees often work hard and expect acknowledgement. But when the boss is away, they are hardly working. Friends, Paul is saying that as believers, this should not be.

 

Paul was writing in a time in history when slavery was a common practice in Greek and Roman cultures. While slavery has rightfully been outlawed, the idea of mutual respect that is at the heart of Paul’s message here is still very applicable in the workplace environment today.

 

Employees, you should work sincerely and with your whole heart because of who you represent. You should give your best effort every day at work because your ultimate Master is God, not man. In Colossians, Paul said, “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 3:23-24). We should not be working to receive the accolades of men but to glorify the Lord. Our work ethic and integrity in the workplace is what provides our opportunity to witness to those around us.

 

Employers, as believers, remember that you too are representing your Father in heaven. You are in a position to bless your employees with humble, respectful leadership. Exercise your authority with integrity and appreciation for those who serve under you. You may own your business or be in a leadership position, but you are not your own boss. You work for the Lord and your leadership is an opportunity to witness as well.

 

Pray

Lord, You are my Master. Give me the strength and wisdom that I need to work hard for You and represent You with honor and integrity in my workplace. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Praise the Lord. Let us never forget how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and dried them with the towel he was girded in. Though they did not fully realize the significance of this act then, we today, who Seek it out, have been Blessed in that knowledge. Amen
thank you; I needed to hear this today. I'm usually a very happy person at work but this afternoon was unexpected and I was a bit perturbed by it; I feel so much better now.
Let us all remember in whatever we do we are to it with and for The Love of Jesus Christ who is The only Master of all or each of us we His Children. Often we do faultier because of the of the devil. It is at that moment we must look up and say no I will follow Jesus and do as He did and continues to do. Heavenly Father often we forget that all The Honor belongs to You. In those times of forgetting Father please Loving remind us that in all we do we are to Honor You alone. Be it work, family, friends everything. Let us Glorify You Lord in everything we do for You take such great care of us Your children each new day. Father help us to remember as You to us we are to Love as You Love even in laying down our life in You for a friend just as You did! We are here Father as You tell us to "serve" one another as You serve we Your children. Father often the words I'm your superior, I smile when I hear this because I know there is only One Superior and that is You OH Lord our God. Father remind us to always do as You all thing with Mercy and Grace. Bless us Father with Your courage and wisdom to always step forward into Your Mighty Footsteps remembering You Lead we follow. It is through Your Steadfast Love I will do all things for we serve only You A Mighty Powerful Loving Faithful God. In Jesus name I Praise and Thank You Amen
Shirley we Thank You for your Service of Our Country through Jesus Christ. I noted your work ethic you said first came from your parents. But I say unto You it was first from Jesus Christ who showed You through your parents. Let all you do be done with The Love of Jesus and you will never go wrong in any situation. May God Bless You and Keep as you continue to do as He did and still does. In Jesus name Amen
The good news is that we have not been left on our own to learn how to use our spiritual gifts. The Lord is our Master who give us strength and wisdom when we need it. I learn a lot while in my workplace.
Thank you, this devotional is a challenge for me every day
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I sometimes want to please others first. Lord help me to look to You. Follow You. You will bless others through me.
Thank you, practical words to live by: “If I can't honor Him with my action, I shouldn't do it.“
I am both a military veteran and retired school teacher. I developed a strong work ethic through observing my parents first and then through wanting to please God. By the grace of God, the "good enough for government work" mentality didn't contaminate me when I served in the USAF. Negative statements about public schools (students, parents, employees, facilities, or employees) didn't prevent me from working as unto the Lord. I prayed for God's guidance in all work situations then, and I do the same now as a volunteer. If I can't honor Him with my action, I shouldn't do it.
very very true and even though i am now retired i can remember when working i unfortunately fell into this habit but am trying very hard to not do that anymore
Amen.
It is interesting that the world today, seemingly more than ever, extols the complete opposite of the personal attitude Paul is preaching here. If “love thy neighbor as thyself” is a summary command that applies to all situations in life, then “what’s in it for me?” is the opposing summary attitude of Satan. Lord, I ask for the strength and courage to follow Your example of steadfast love....Amen.
Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen!!
Ephesians 6:8 “knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.” We as believers represent Jesus in everything we do and we desire to glorify him because we love him. Jesus has done everything for us in this life. He has given us life, breath, forgiveness, joy, direction and help in our path to righteousness. This verse he gives us motivation for doing more. Everything good we do for others Jesus sees and will reward us in heaven. We can’t work our way into heaven, it is a gift, but there will be rewards in heaven for all those who die to their own needs and serve cheerfully others. Even if no one ever knows all the kindness you have done, Jesus does! Oh what a wonderful Lord and Savior we have! Thank you Jesus. Amen
Love this. Especially with being at a new job. I still ask God to give me they ability to learn and perform well at my job. Making sure that I am not one of "those" employees. With Your guidance Father I know it is possible to be that hard working, humble employee. Amen. 🙏🏼💜
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
When you go to work today be that person who works hard and give praise to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
The ultimate is what you do for the Lord. Whatever we do to the least of these, we do it unto God. Watch what we do.
So true. Amen I love working to honor the Lord Jesus Christ Thanks I love you Lord in your name Amen.