Ephesians 6:5-9 - 5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eyeservice, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
My son Mike was anxious about his new promotion from busboy to waiter. He was working at an exclusive restaurant that was well known for its outstanding food and uncompromising service. He was well aware of the fact that people had a certain expectation of an “experience” when they went to this restaurant. He loved the pace, the challenge, and the satisfaction of people receiving a quality meal. Even still, he was really nervous because he had never done anything like this before. We chatted about it for a while, and I urged him to think about this situation from the owner’s perspective. The next day he came back beaming. Mike told me he went to the owner and said, “I know that the customers want a great experience. I also know that you (the owner) want to maintain the highest quality possible. What can I do better, as a waiter, to make sure I meet and exceed both those expectations?” Mike said the owner reached over and gave him a big hug and said, “I’ve been doing this for 30 years and nobody has ever asked me that question.”
Add a scriptural connection between the verses above and the story about Mike. Connect bondservant to employee and master to employer.
As Christians we are called to work. Hard work is a virtue. As Christians we have an imperative, an inspiration, and a commitment to an honest and faithful days work with the right attitude. When work is done in this manner, you show the world how a disciple of Christ excels in the workplace.
• Do you view work as slave labor or as part of discipleship?
• If you asked your boss, “how can I perform better to exceed your expectations?” how do you think he/she would respond?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for the opportunity to work (in Jesus).