Transformed: Vocational Health

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. – Colossians 3:23

Not long ago the custodial staff at the headquarters of a Fortune 500 Company found themselves working beside a surprising new employee. Dressed in the green custodial company uniform was the Company CEO. This CEO decided that throughout the year she would spend one day doing (or at least learning) the job of nearly every position in her company. She wanted to better understand the work that her employees do and discovered that working alongside them gave her a deeper appreciation for them and their work.

When asked what it meant to them to have their Company CEO work alongside them for a day, the custodial staff talked about how meaningful it was to know that the CEO cared about them enough to walk in their shoes. They also said that this simple gesture dramatically increased their commitment to give the Company their very best effort.

In his letter to the Colossians Saint Paul encouraged Christ-followers to labor as though Christ were their boss. Now that’s a transformational thought! No matter what you do – student, employee, volunteer, parent or grandparent – how would you do it if you thought that you were doing it for Christ? Knowing that Christ didn’t just “do your job” for a day but lived his whole life in human flesh and then sacrificed his life to reveal God’s love…how would that change how you do what you do?

Put another way, would you work differently if you knew that your boss would sacrifice his or her life for you because she loved you? That perspective will change the way you think about your work, won’t it? 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. In other words, your work is an act of worship!

Today, whatever you do, do it for God’s glory.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

 

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