“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” Daniel 6:3-5
What are you like at your place of employment? Do you work for the Lord or for man?
Daniel was a godly man of great character. He excelled in his job because he saw himself as working for the Lord, no matter who called the shots on earth… including the king himself. Daniel did his best everyday, going above and beyond the normal call of duty, always cheerfully serving. Because of his excellence in his job, when his co-workers tried to find something to frame him with, to ultimately get him fired, they could find no fault.
- “[Workers], obey your earthly [bosses] in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 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.” Colossians 3:22-24
As a Christian, we should have the same mentality. We should be the absolute best employees at our places of employment, always cheerfully serving and giving, and going above and beyond the normal call of duty. Why? Because God has said that we do not work for earthly bosses, but actually for the Lord Himself. If Jesus wanted a report early, would you give it to Him cheerfully, or grumble about the new deadline?
How can we be a good witness for Christ if we are a poor performer? …Probably not going to happen!
Let us check our attitudes about our places of employment. Before arriving or upon arrival, let us drop to our knees and pray for our bosses and co-workers each day. Pray to be a light in this potentially dark spot each day. Don’t have an earthly boss because you’re self employed?… You then have many bosses as those are the clients you serve each day.
What’s the outcome? Our reward comes from our boss, God! He’s promised a great thing! Let’s find out what it is together!
Be the best mechanic, waitress, dentist, biologist, cashier, cook, teacher, deliverer, stock broker, cleaner, CEO ever!
Father God, please forgive us for our times of grumbling about our jobs and for the times where we didn’t give our best or cheated our employers out of a honest days’ wage. Forgive us for complaining about our paychecks. We thank you for our employment and providing for our needs. You are our true boss and help us to give more whole-heartedly and joyfully to you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.