Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. – 2 Chronicles 29:12 (NIV)
Too often we judge a man’s character based on his work ethic. We celebrate his dedication to the job, his commitment to the work, and laud his never ending thirst to refine his craft while looking past character flaws, grey area decisions, and questionable ethical behavior. We are blinded by his high production levels. We seek these men because they commit themselves to the pursuit.
On the other hand, we are less than thrilled to have to carry the weight of the man who doesn’t do his share of the work. We complain to our peers of the inequality in the workplace. The man who shows up, punches the clock, and must be constantly prodded and poked to barely do his part — he is a burden and a disappointment.
Just like the job site, the boardroom, or the factory floor, Christians are called to commit every effort of excellence to almighty God and to obey the command…GO make disciples. God provides strength to carry out this task to those who commit to His ways and submit to His kingship.
An excellent work ethic is admirable and honorable – even more so when it’s put into perspective. Christ expects His disciples and His Church to show up and dedicate ourselves to the work of making disciples.
Work as hard at serving God as you do at your job…and watch the blessings of wealth, honor, and strength consume you! You can do this right in your workplace.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Answer this: Do you pursue your faith as hard as you pursue your career?
PRAY: God, I want to serve you wherever I go and honor your name with everyone I meet. Teach me to place you first, so I can do the work you’ve given me – to build disciples for your namesake. Amen.