I had to take my car to Jiffy Lube recently. They had a comfortable waiting room, with comfortable chairs, so it didn’t bother me to wait longer than the 10 minutes they usually try to promote. However, the T.V. wasn’t working, so it was unusually quiet. Most of us were on our phones or other mobile devices. Then, a successful looking man got a call on his phone. He was polite enough to take it outside. But, his conversation was anything but private. In fact, he was loud and proud to share with us all about his life. This twenty-something businessman began to tell the person on the other line about how he had recently told his boss off. He bragged about how he had a company car, took care of personal things during business hours and continued to boast about his lack of respect for the person in charge of him.
There were only two of us left in the waiting room at that point. We just looked at each other and shook our heads. Not in judgement, but just because this guy was trying to sound cool, but instead he sounded like a jerk.
I couldn’t help but wonder why his boss would allow him to treat him that way. I doubted his success would last long (or at least at that particular business). And more importantly, I began to wonder what caused him to become the way he was. Did he begin to rebel because one of his parents was an authoritarian? Or were his parents very permissive and let him get away with anything? It made me actually very sad for this man and for his boss.
Over the years I have been blessed enough to work for some wonderful people. And…I have worked with wonderful people who demonstrated what hard work really is. As Christians, we have an even greater responsibility to be great workers. We are to be obedient, submitting to authority (as I mentioned in my previous post on rebellion, “even to those who are unreasonable”) and use those opportunities where we don’t agree with those around us or in charge of us to grow. Yes, there are times where are jobs can be so stressful, that we have to find other jobs. We don’t want to risk our physical or mental health if we are truly that unhappy. But, while you are there, be a blessing! Don’t be a jerk!!
Jesus was the greatest example of a servant. It is more precious for us to serve than to worry about our personal rights wherever we are. When we are being persecuted, we are supposed to consider it a privilege. But, our flesh wants to fight. Jesus could have fought for His rights. But, He didn’t. He humbly submitted to authority. Phillipians 2:6-8, “6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.”
I encourage you to read Phillipians to be reminded how to respond in times of affliction, how to humble ourselves, having confidence in anything other than Christ, and having peace with others.
I want to leave you with these reminders of how we are to submit and serve:
Service on the Job / Submission in Business / Submission to Each Other: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21 NIV
Submit to Our Employers: ” Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.” 1 Peter 2:18 NASB
” Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear (reverence). Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.” Ephesicans 6:5
Serving: “Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people.” Ephesians 6:6-7 NLT (See also Colossians 3:22-24, “…It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” v. 24b)
My prayer is that if you would be a blessing wherever you are at, whether you are a Stay at Home Mom, a successful business person, or you make minimum wage. You are important. Your job is important (whether it is in your eyes or the eyes of others doesn’t matter). God has you there for a time and a season to Be A Blessing!!