David Lee Brown
Who Do You Work For?
The question, who do you work for, is essential. Not because of who pays you your salary, but because of who you serve. We all serve someone. Some serve themselves, others serve their family, yet others serve to accumulate wealth and the accumulation of stuff. Unfortunately, yet others serve Satan and indulge in all forms of debauchery. Just in case you were curious about who I serve – I serve the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m not perfect, and I often find myself serving me instead of my Lord. So, I have to stop myself and regroup under the banner of Christ.
So, Who Do You Work For?
Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” and that word heartily comes from the Greek word psyches, which means from your soul. In other words, from the very depths of who you are down to your soul. So, we are to work for the Lord, not men. A modern feminist might fallaciously say, “well, I’ll never serve any man!” But that’s not what God, through Paul, is referencing. He’s saying that we should serve the Lord and not serve mankind in the pursuit of our profession. We should serve mankind by giving to the poor and helping others, but not in our occupation’s performance.
I think of it this way when I go to work, and I will serve my Lord, Jesus. When I perform my job tasks, I do it to honor my Lord, not my boss. I complete my tasks as if Jesus were there watching and encouraging me to do the best job I can. I fail my Lord more often than I would like to admit. But that’s when I get back up, dust myself off and try again. Remember to work for the Lord in every situation. In return, your employer gets an honest employee, full of integrity, and does the best he or she can. So, you work for Jesus, and you and your employer reap the benefits. In other words, you work for the Lord but get paid by your employer for the work you accomplish.
Work for the Lord
Here are a few verses that teach this Biblical concept of working for the Lord, not your boss or employer.
“Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:” Ephesians 6:6-7
“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
“so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10
“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” John 9:4
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17
I hope this inspired you to think of your job and employer a little differently. In service to our Lord, we become better employees. We always try to do our best for our Lord, and everybody wins. But, fair warning, as stated in John 9:4, “…night is coming when no one can work.” After the church’s rapture and the Holy Spirit’s stepping aside, a dark and horrible seven years will occur. A time when your government will demand that you serve them and them alone. Serving Jesus will become a crime. So, serve him now. “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day…” In other words, while we are still here on earth, we need to be about our Father’s business and serve Him in everything we do, in Jesus name!