Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

One of the first questions people ask you when they first meet you is, “what do you do for living or who do you work for?” A lot of people identify what you do with who you are. There is some truth to that but more so who we work for says a lot about who we are. Who we work for will also determine how hard we work or how much effort we put into it. When we work for a good boss or a good cause it’s not hard to get up and put your best into it. I was talking to someone about how wonderful it is to work for Chick Fila. One young lady left a six figure job in corporate America to work as an executive for Chick Fila. After being there for only a month in December she received a check for $10K. She thought it was a mistake. She asked her supervisor if it was a mistake. He said, “Does it have your name on it? Are you an employee of Chick Fila? Each employee here gets a Christmas bonus. That’s your check!” Because of the work culture which is based on Christian values the young lady said, “I will never leave this place.” Many of us would love to work in a place which values us monetarily and creates a work place culture with Christ like values. The reality is that we have to create the culture.

Who do you work for?

1. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. It’s not really what you do it’s how you do. I love to meet people who love what they do. They make places light up with their joy for what they do. I’ve been in places like fast food restaurants, Loews, hospitals, and city offices where I met people who loved what they did and they made an unpleasant place or experience feel better because they loved what they did or I’ve met people who hated what they did and made a pleasant place unpleasant.

2. Go hard or go home. If you don’t like working at a place you would be better served go home. Not only are you hurting the DNA of the place but you are ruining your own reputation. It will be hard for you to go anywhere else if you ruin your reputation.

3. Work as if you are working for Jesus and not people. If Jesus were to inspect your work at the close of every day would you work a little different than you are right now? When you work for Jesus you do the right thing for the right reason. When you work for Jesus you give your whole heart to the task. When you work for Jesus you make sure the people you serve get the best of you. When you work for Jesus you do it out of love.

4. Your reward comes later. The young lady I mentioned got a bonus a month after she started working. When you work for Jesus your reward may not come until much later but it’s coming. I like what Peter asked Jesus, “what about us? We have left our families, land, jobs to follow you. What’s in it for us?” Mark 10:29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.…

Dear God,

Thank you for letting me work for you. The benefits far outweigh the burdens. I am so honored that you selected me to serve you. Please guide me today so that I can create a culture at my place of employment that will let everyone that comes into contact with me know that I work for you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen