Updated: Oct 25, 2021
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” Colossians 3:22-25
I recall a job I had in my early twenties that I loved and hated at the same time. I use to work for the city in the public works department, and one day I was asked to go and work on a garbage truck. I was angry with my current boss, so I accepted the challenge. The garbage truck was set back in the 70’s and it required two throwers to work the back of the truck. I would hang onto the back of the truck, and I would ride from street to street. We would cruise the alleys and manually dump the garbage into the back of a huge steel bucket which smelled outright despicable in the summer. The smell would make your stomach turn but you got use to it as the day went on. My former painting boss was not respected by the other people in public works, so I was not looked upon highly as well. My garbage truck driver complained to the big boss when I got into the truck because of my former boss’ reputation (lazy), and he felt I would be lazy as well. He said I would be lazy and did not want me on his truck, and his words lit a fire deep inside of me. I so wanted to throw him into the back of the garbage truck or punch him in his mouth, but I sat down and kept my mouth shut and waited to show him what I was made of.
We got into the truck and the driver was giving me a run-down of what I needed to do, and I nervously awaited the drive to the alley. We pulled into an alley and it seemed to go for days, but I jumped out into the humid, Illinois summer eager to prove my worth. I started emptying garbage cans like a mad man fueled by anger and the need to prove myself. The driver could not keep up, and I yelled at him to pay attention and keep up. We tore through the alleys and loaded an 8-ton truck in 45 minutes. We finished an hour and a half early for the day, and we helped others finish their routes. Our route previous to this day was consistently being helped by other routes, so my driver was elated and told our big boss to keep me on his truck forever. The next day I worked even harder not wanting to disappoint my driver and wanting to gain respect from the guys in public works. I soon gained the respect from my peers, and I am not sure if anyone every beat the records of 8 tons in 45 minutes. I would like to say my sole focus was to please my God, but that would be a lie as I was fueled by my own ambitions and the need to prove myself. My focus was not as it should have been, and I now recognize that I serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
What motivates you in your everyday tasks and jobs? Are you motivated by a possible promotion, the praise of men, or are you even motivated at all? I know at times we are tasked with jobs that seem to be meniscal or not important, but we must remember it is a job God has provided us with. We often get discouraged in the work we do, and seek to find our value in our work as opposed to in our God. We work for the applause and praise of others, but we fail to see who our boss really is. If we work heartily as to the Lord then everyone around us cannot help to see that we work for a different purpose and reason. We are told we shall reap if we faint not, and we must remember our higher calling is found in Him and not the type of job that we do.
Where are you today friend? Do you seek the approval of men or do you seek to work unto your God? Do you lack motivation at work due to your job, boss, or dissatisfaction with your job? Have you realized that God has provided you with that job and you work for Him? Do you seek the reward He will one day give you or have you thrown in the towel of hopelessness? May we work as unto our Lord, and may we be careful not to lose sight of who our boss really is. May today be the day that your earthly boss knows who your heavenly boss is.
Stay in the fight!