Leadership Devotional 2011, Day 4

The Bible has a lot to say about the simple concept of work, starting with Adam being made to work the land to survive. Just as God gifts some to lead or teach or preach – and calls them to do so with excellence – He blesses others with skills such as woodworking, smithing, architecture and administration. God gave people the specifications for the Ark of the Covenant & the Temple in Jerusalem, and He gave people the skills needed to do the difficult work of making them.

What should we expect of the people who work for us? From a Biblical perspective, regardless of who we are or what we do, God has set a high standard: do our job to the very best of our ability, and treat our employer (whether that’s a boss or a company as a whole) with the respect they are due. Sounds simple, but how often is that your experience you walk the office floor? The truth is that some jobs, some tasks, some responsibilities are thankless and anonymous. Work can be drudgery. Work can be unrewarding. Sometimes our efforts go unnoticed or under-appreciated. But God is aware of everything we do, and rejoices in even the little things we do right and well that may fly under the radar.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT)

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