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Working for the 'Man'

Lately, I would say especially the past few weeks, it feels like the Lord is renewing my mind about working for the 'man'. Very few in the world are able to work independent of an employer. Most of us, like myself, work for someone else. Either in the corporate world such as myself, or in government - where you essentially work for the people (in theory anyway). I confess I have not always been the best steward of my employer's resources. My time. The use of company equipment. But I should be. "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17 esv) I have heard a few sermons in my time about being a good steward of what the Lord has given me. But hasn't the Lord also given me my employer? Am I not to serve the 'man' as I would serve my God? Granted, not in such a way that would go against His Word, but I am to serve faithfully. And what about those who are called to essentially be the 'man'. Self employed, small business owner, or one who is the manager of others. We are to continue to work as unto the Lord, and be a reflection of Him who has established us in those positions. Not my usual light hearted ramblings I guess, but it was on my mind this morning. My verse for today: Ephesians 6:5-9 esv Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 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.

2 comments:

Virtue930 said...

I want to be a good steward of my time, too. I don't have a job but I do want to make better use of my time and take advantage of the opportunities that God has given me.
Thanks for writing this. I think God wanted me to hear it.

ALP said...

I need to learn how to better use my time. I multi-task with almost everything I do but so much of the time I feel as if I still get nothing done.

I need to learn how to develop my organization and time management skills!

Amy