New Century Version (NCV)
22 Slaves, obey your masters in all things. Do not obey just when they are watching you, to gain their favor, but serve them honestly, because you respect the Lord. 23 In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. 24 Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which he promised to his people. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 But remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong, and the Lord treats everyone the same.
How many of us feel as if we are a slave to our job? How often do we feel like we are just there to do our time and then go home? How many of us feel like this is the best it’s going to get so we just halfheartedly do the job? Did you know that God watches everything you do?
Have you ever wondered why you’re in the place that you are in your life? God often puts us in certain places in order for us to learn something. Sometimes he puts us in certain jobs to see if we can be trusted to do that job to full extent of our being. God knows the big picture of our life. He knows where he wants us to end up, but sometimes we have to work to get there. If every child was handed everything they ever wanted, would they really learn to appreciate anything they had?
We have to remember that God is the ultimate parent. He gives us a little at a time to see if we will appreciate what we have before he gives us something else. For instance, you might want to be the CEO of a company, but you might start out as the mail clerk. Instead of telling yourself you’re too good to be a mail clerk, be content with that position. You never know where God might take you in this company, but if you cannot be content with starting at the bottom, he won’t allow you to move up.
Are you the kind of person that moves from job to job because things just aren’t working out? Do you have to rely on others to take care of you and put a roof over your head because you can’t seem to keep steady work going? Try being a person that gives it their all in a job instead of someone that is always complaining about how this is not the job they really want. Don’t give it your whole heart just in the first few days, but every day. You have to learn to find joy in the situation no matter what it is. You’re not there to work just for the company, but you’re there to work for the Lord. He may have put you in that specific job so that he could use you to reach someone else. Let his light shine through you no matter what the situation might be, and see how far the Lord can take you.
So the next time you go to work, don’t complain about what you have. Be grateful for what God has given you and put your whole heart into the job, for this is pleasing to the Lord. Then, wait and see how he can change your life.