The temptation is always there.
We’re supposed to working on a specific project, but we’re checking our inbox for the third time; hoping that a new message will give us something else to work on. Worse case scenario, we move to something no work related like our Facebook Timeline or Twitter feed.
This kind of poor work ethic can become habitual, eventually leading to unemployment.
In Colossians 3, Paul writes the following statements to slaves, regarding their earthly masters. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.“ (3:23-24)
Though written to slaves, these principles clearly hold great value for Christians living and working in modern day society.
If we have been hired to do a job, we ought to perform that job to the best of our ability. This is just good ethics and sets a good example for the people we work with. However, as stated above, we should have a heavenly mindset throughout our work day; realising that ultimately, our service at work is received as service to Christ.
For those of us struggling to stay motivated, reading through Colossians 3 this morning might be a good idea.
We should spend some serious time in prayer, asking God to remind us of times this week where laziness and distraction took up work time; writing down each situation as the Lord brings it to mind.
This list is valuable!
As we look at the list, we’ll see what projects or tasks we were trying to avoid. This will help us create a To Do list that prioritises the less than enjoyable items first thing in the morning. Strike when the iron’s hot!
This way, we can plan on ending the day strong, doing tasks that we enjoy. This will greatly assist our ability to serve Christ as we work.
What job-related tasks have you been avoiding? What projects have been on the back burner for way too long? If Christ were your employer, would your work ethic change?