From the Evangelist Desk
November 2011 edition.
I was sitting at my desk working quietly away. I was content, and at one with the world. I knew something was wrong because I didn’t actually like the task I was undertaking at this time; it wasn’t one of my favourite jobs. But as my dad used to say, “Take the rough with the smooth and make the best of a bad job”.
I then found that I was feeling very proud of what I was doing, and I wanted to undertake this activity to its fullest and I wanted it to be perfect. Why was this I asked myself? I should be wanting to just finish this dead boring task and move onto something more interesting. Then another word of wisdom came to me, one that we had used in a meeting once a long time ago, “I don’t have time to do my job properly, but I always have time to do the same job twice”.
I then found that the tables were turning, here I was doing a task that I didn’t like, enjoying the task and wishing to make a first rate completion of the work. What was wrong with me? I then found myself talking to myself, well not actually myself, but to the Lord. I was saying, “Lord let me complete this task to your worship and glory”. What am I thinking? Has the servant’s heart got the better of me? Get a grip man, I say ‘man’ because that is what I am, if I was a woman, I would say get a grip woman. So please be advised that no intent of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour or language was intended here. (This statement was intended as a funny piece), but if you do not read it as funny please discount it and move on.
Anyway back to the task that I didn’t like, but was thoroughly enjoying undertaking, where I was conversing with the Lord during my working activity. With me so far? Good. I then thought to myself, “Hey, I could have a chance of doing anything as long as I focus on doing it to the best of my ability and in worship of the Lord.
I then thought, no matter what I do — sweeping the streets, running a shop, or the CEO of a large company — my job is more than a job. The Bible says that while I am here on earth, I should use my work as an act of worship.
This means that whatever I do, I am to do it with enthusiasm. If my heart is not in it, I am in the wrong job.
Why work with all your heart?
Because you are working “as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” No matter what I do, if it is to prepare a meal, sign an invoice, do an analysis, close a deal, make a sale, make a delivery — whatever it is, I am to do it as if I’m doing it for God, and so it becomes an act of worship.
I now have the insight as to why I am feeling this way, why I am enjoying doing something that I don’t like doing so much:
Colossians 3: 23-24.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV).
How will the way you work change now that you know it is an act of worship? Dedicate all that you do to the Lord.
Yours in Christ.
© Rick Hayes, November 2011