“Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Sometimes work can be frustrating because of unexpected problems, setbacks and the volume. If we remember that we’re working for God, it would make the burden easier. It would encourage us to work harder, do our best and tackle any problems that crop up. We should be pleasing God not our supervisor or trying to earn praise from men.
It was through God that I got my current job and when I do my best I am glorifying Him. Doctors, nurses, caregivers work for God when they care for the sick. Teachers work for God when they educate. The Salvation Army, Covenant House, Red Cross andUnited Waywork for God when they help people. Churches and ministers work for God when they spread the Word. No matter what type of job we’re doing we should do it well—for God.
As Paul advises, “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)
When we do our work for God, rather than men it will register in our demeanour. We will be satisfied, positive, and able to deal with stress, more committed, and have better and more productive relationships with the people we work with.
“Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in Heaven.” Jesus spoke of a master who gave his servant talents according to each one’s ability. All went out and gained more talents except one who buried his talent. When we are given talents we need to invest them, use them, not waste them or hold on to them. Talents can range from computer knowledge, education, communicative skills and other office skills that can benefit the employer and the company.
The servants who went out and gained more talents are employees who use their knowledge and skills to increase productivity while the one who buried his talent is an employee who has no ambition or creativity or is afraid to take chances or is content with the way things are and doesn’t like change. This parable shows us that when we work hard and make contributions, we are praised, acknowledged for our efforts and in some instances get a raise or promotion. The master was fair to all of his servants. He gave those who deserved it many things to rule over—in other words, he gave them raises. To the one who buried the talent, the master took it away and gave it to someone more deserving.
The relationship between employer and employee should be give and take. Employers should be just and fair. “Slaves (employees) are to be subject to their masters (employers) in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive”