July 25, 2013

Ephesians 6:7-8 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

We do not have formal slavery in most societies today, but the principle Paul is talking about here applies to any work situation. We use terms such as “corporate drones” and the like to indicate that many people feel enslaved to their employer/job, and that is without the job security of a slave! That makes it all the more important to keep our focus on the Lord, rather than on our physical circumstances. Though I am sure there are exceptions, in most work places anyone who who approaches their work as serving Christ will be considered an exemplary employee – and will certainly be the exception! There is a world of difference between working for a paycheck and working for the Lord, on every level. Even more than a difference in the quality of our work (and there might be no difference) there is a huge difference in peace and satisfaction. When we really grasp that our true reward comes from God and not our employer, resentments fade away. Resentment is perhaps the biggest joy-killer of all. Things we might otherwise actually enjoy doing, if resented, become sheer drudgery. When we really grasp the fact that every problem, all suffering on this earth is “light and momentary,” (2 Corinthians 4:17) we are able to bear up under it and still rejoice in the Lord, who gives us such a hope of eternal glory.

Before coming to Omura I had a very eclectic work history, including the Army, and employers good and bad. Since then my employment has been definitely more regular, but the content of my work has still been varied. I can’t say I’ve ever had a job in which I didn’t learn something helpful to me later on. That’s not to say all of the lessons were pleasant! However, I can see that the Lord was guiding and protecting me through it all. I think it helped a great deal that I was raised to look at life as an opportunity to learn. My parents tried to help me see life also as an opportunity to serve the Lord, but my understanding of that came a bit more slowly. However, I now know from experience that approaching everything as Paul says here, an opportunity to serve Christ, is without question the path of peace, joy, and satisfaction. I’ve seen even fellow pastors who didn’t have that perspective, and I wouldn’t trade places with them for anything!

Father, thank You for the privilege of serving You. Thank You for the amazing privilege of being Your agent, of seeing and hearing You speak and act through me. Help me lead all the believers into that expectation and experience, so that with joy we may serve You fully, for the sake of Your kingdom and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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