God’s Working People
The Work of Our Hands – Part IV
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17
Key Verses: Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
As we consider what makes a good worker that shines bright for the Kingdom of God, it goes beyond just showing up. In Philippians 2: 14-15 we read:
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
“Grumbling and arguing” is common in today’s workplace. Employers complain that workers want more pay and less work. Employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP found that settlements for the ten biggest class actions increased 55% from 2016-2017 (by Starr Insurance Companies).
Christ-followers who want to shine bright for God and His Kingdom can simply do everything without grumbling or arguing.
However, it is not wrong to speak up to improve a company or to hold them accountable for their poor choices.
While I was still pastoring, someone come to me and said they had a problem with the way things were going in a certain area of the church. As a pastor of a large church, complaints were certainly not uncommon. However, this incident was different. The person went on to say that they had decided never to complain without being willing to help with the problem. Then they volunteered to help solve the problem. This was a much better way of handling a problem than simply joining the chorus of grumblers and complainers.
The Apostle Paul declared that when we decide not to grumble or argue, we become “blameless and pure…and shine like starts in the sky”. Most of us get caught occasionally grumbling about some issue. However, let’s determine to do less grumbling and be more helpful in making our workplace better.
Father, I do not want to be a grumbler. Please help me to more positive and helpful whenever there is a problem that needs fixing. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.