Whole-Hearted Succeeds

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:5-9

I had a lot of jobs during college: driving bus, theater usher, motel manager, choir soloist, apart ment manager. The one I really disliked was the only job from which I’ve ever been fired. Twice a week I was supposed to form ground beef into patties for a cafeteria. The hours were “flexible.” One week I flexed too much and they fired me which was fine with me.

My heart definitely was not in the work, and so I got fired. I learned since then what Paul meant. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free” (v. 8).

I frequently hear stories from Christians about co-workers who are just putting in time, doing the minimum. Christians often feel a strong, negative peer pressure not to do their best because doing their best would upset the delinquent, cheating co-workers.

I also hear from persons in management posi tions how thankless their jobs can be, especially if they are directly involved in personnel management decisions.

Good Christian witnesses do their best always, with full respect for others, working as to the Lord and seeking his approval foremost.

PRAYER

Help me see myself as others see me. Amen.