Who’s Your Boss?
By Pamela McQueen
One night my daughter asked me to read her a bedtime story. I told her to pick a book and she returned with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As I was reading the story, I came to the part in the where Snow White’s father had died and she was left with her ‘evil stepmother’. The stepmother treated her terribly and made her clean all day. What stood out to me was when I read that she did her chores with a smile on her face and a song on her lips!
Colossians 3:22-24 says that we are to obey our earthly masters (bosses, employers) with a sincere heart and with reverence for the Lord. When we work we are working unto the Lord, not for man, because it is the Lord who rewards and it the Lord we are serving.
Many times in life we dream of the ideal job or the ideal position which may seem glamorous or prestigious. No one ever dreams of being a maid or a sanitation worker, you know, those jobs that are less desirable, but someone has to do it. Those jobs, although they may not make you rich, allows one to provide for themselves and their families. These jobs are needed as much as doctors or lawyers and the skills for these jobs come from God. Exodus 36:1 talks about how God gave the skill and abilities to all that was needed to carry out the construction of the sanctuary. Everyone’s skill was needed.
In the corporate world as well as in the church, people are not content with their position because they either feel useless or that their job doesn’t get as much attention as others. The body of Christ, the church, is one with many parts and 1 Corinthians 12:6 says there are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. The eye cannot function as the hand; it was not created for that. The eye was designed to see. Same as the door keeper was not designed to shepherd the flock. Every position has its purpose, its design. And every person has his place (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-30). So whatever position God has ordained for you both in the corporate and the spiritual worlds, do it knowing that God has equipped you for it. Have peace and joy in knowing that what you do is for the glory of God who rewards and that all promotions come from Him (Psalm 75:6).