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Activate - September 5

Passage: 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…
It was a small job, involving some interior work at a house. A repairman, known as a Christian, was hired to complete the work, but left a huge mess for the owner to clean afterwards. A friend of the owner happened to come by his house because he was looking for a repairman to tackle an enormous project. The friend asked the owner if there was anyone he would recommend for the job. The owner, knowing the state of his house after the repairman left, simply said, “No”. The repairman never knew that he just lost a very well-paying job because he was sloppy in how he finished his work. This true story is a reminder of how important it is that we not only have a good work ethic but also show respect to our employer. Our faith and our relationships are also linked to our labor.
How are your relationships in the places that you work and serve? Your labor during the day is your opportunity to display your faith. If you serve but don’t have an official position, know that what you do is very significant. If you have a job, thank God for it! The way you handle yourself as you work is an extension of your worship to God. The apostle Paul lays out a clear challenge in this passage: when you work, do it all unto the Lord not merely for a person or a company. Your standard and motivation is to please God and this perspective radically changes your effort. One of the oldest tricks is to work hard only when your employer is watching. But God wants you to work with excellence at all times. Your work ethic can bring Him glory, and He isn’t going to forget to reward you in His time.
Here are five things to keep in mind as you work:
1) Unless it is sinful, do what you are hired to do with excellence. If you want to be paid more in the future, do more than what you are asked to do now.
2) When you see disrespect, poisonous attitudes, and rebellion on the job—don’t join it. If there is a crime or a damaging situation, you might need to report it. Overall, every job has its challenges, but keep your distance from these traps (Ecclesiastes 7:21 and Psalm 15:2-5).
3) Your worship to God includes your special assignment from Him. Christians don’t just have jobs; they have a ministry through their work and are placed there by God for a purpose (1 Corinthians 11:1).
4) If you are a workaholic, it’s time to be honest about your reasons. Sadly, some people indulge in work to avoid relationships at home, or derive their sense of worth by working. Some people also think God will only love them if they are always working.
5) God’s rewards are good. Your responsibilities in heaven will be based on your faithfulness on earth. There is a reason why God often mentions rewards in the Scripture. It’s because He wants you to know that He notices what you do whether you are the boss or the employee (Ephesians 6:9 and Proverbs 20:28).
1) Who is your ultimate boss?
2) Will you make the right choice at work even if it’s unpopular?
3) Are you leading by example?
4) Are you dependable and kind to everyone at your job?
Deeper Study:
Colossians 3:22-25. Work with all of your heart because you are serving God.
Proverbs 22:29. Develop your skills and God will open doors for you.
Thessalonians 3:7-13. If you are able to work, God wants you to work.
Proverbs 27:18. Respect your employer and be a blessing to your boss.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25. A job is a gift from God- enjoy what is good about it.
Father God, help me to see Your purpose in my work- that it truly is a ministry. I want to do my job with excellence, love my co-workers, and represent You with my words and attitude. I pray that You will build my character, grant me strength, and provide work for me. I want to bring You glory and use the money I make to honor You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

For more from Pastor Jesse Bradley and Activate Media Ministries, visit www.activatelife.org

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