Work is seen as a stewardship from God himself

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Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of the Messiah, do God’s will from your heart. 7 Serve with a good attitude, as to the Master and not to people, 8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Master.

Ephesians 6:5–8 (CSB)

Why it matters: God has designed our life to be a life of work. That is what God wants us focus on. We are not to be people pleasers but are here to bring glory to God.

God’s goal: The goal is to work as if we are working for God. Our work is to a work of service for our Master Jesus. We must have a great attitude because we are not serving our co-workers, we are serving Jesus.

  • How is my attitude at work?
  • Am I happy and joyful about the work I have to do?
  • Am I a complainer who constantly moans and groans?

The broad view: Who does not want to hear to words of Jesus saying, “Well Done!” I want to hear that. I am guessing you do as well.

Good news: God has given us an amazing life of work. It is delightful in every way. Our life is to focus on bringing glory to God through our work. The good news of Jesus must prevail in our workplaces.

  • Colossians 3:23–24 (CSB) — 23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Master and not for people, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
  • Matthew 25:14–30 (CSB) — 14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately 16 the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. 17 In the same way the man with two earned two more. 18 But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I’ve earned five more talents.’ 21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’ 22 “The man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I’ve earned two more talents.’ 23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’ 24 “The man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a harsh man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 “His master replied to him, ‘You evil, lazy servant! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, 27 then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have received my money back with interest when I returned. 28 “ ‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30 And throw this good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
  • Ephesians 6:5–8 (CSB) — 5 Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as you would Christ. 6 Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of the Messiah, do God’s will from your heart. 7 Serve with a good attitude, as to the Master and not to people, 8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Master.

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