By: Theophilus Izobofolo
EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES; ARE WE REALLY SERVING GOD WITH OUR JOBS OR WE ARE WORKING FOR OUR MONEY?
There would be a lot of surprises on the judgment day. Many of today’s Christians think the only way to serve God and get rewarded is by “doing something” in and for their denominations.
Literal millions of Christians have been wrongly schooled in the secular-spiritual dichotomy. They are oblivious to the fact that their work is the primary way by which they serve God. Hence, they are nonchalant about their work. They care less about how they treat those they minister to through their work. Some see their encounters with their clients as a necessary evil and not an opportunity to serve God. Their primary concern is their take-home pay even when their contribution can’t justify their pay. The worst culprits in this regard in Nigeria seem to be people in the civil service. Many, including professing Christians, want to be begged or induced financially before doing what they are being paid to do. People generally seem to have a false sense of security that they are alright once they’re doing “something for God” in their denominations.
May I tell you today, friend, one of the key areas you’ll be judged on that day is your work. If you spend at least 8 hours of your waking hours on your job, how could you think God won’t consider what you do in those hours in deciding your reward on the last day? Why have you allowed yourself to be decieved that the few hours you serve in your assembly is all God would use to decide your reward?
Am I just speaking from my mind? No! A closer look at the scripture shows that the secular-spiritual dichotomy that gives people this false security does not exist. The scripture says categorically that we would all stand before Christ to give an account of everything we did in the flesh. There is no distinction between what we do in church or outside.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that EVERYONE MAY BE RECOMPENSED FOR THE THINGS DONE IN HIS BODY, according to what he has done, whether it be GOOD or BAD.” (2Cor 5:10)
In fact, our work takes a prominent place. Those who occupy subordinate positions are admonished to do their work without eyeservice but as unto God while those who are in positions of authority are instructed to be considerate and fair to their subordinates.
“5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9 And, you masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.” (Eph 6:5-9)
“22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
23 AND WHATSOEVER YOU DO, DO IT HEARTILY, AS TO THE LORD, AND NOT UNTO MEN;
24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Col 3:22-25)
Don’t be mistaken that only the book of life exists before God. There are other books in which what we do or refuse to do in are waking moments are written.
“11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and THE BOOKSwere opened: and ANOTHER BOOK was opened, which is THE BOOK OF LIFE: and THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS…….
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:11-15)
While the book of life would be used to determine who spends eternity with Christ, the other books where our actions and inactions are written would be used to determine our reward.
You can’t mock God. Stop mocking yourself by thinking you are serving God in the church when you mistreat people all day at the place of work.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” (Gal 6:7)
Am I perfect in this regard? No, I am not. But I am striving towards perfection.
What is it then? Whether we are at work, in the midst of the brethren, or at home, we must see to it that we serve people and our families wholeheartedly to the best of our abilities as unto the Lord. We must constantly bear in mind that only God can truly reward us. This is the only way to guarantee a reward from the Lord.
Reference: Dr. Abiodun Jemilohun