Have you forgotten what it was like to work well? God calls work good in Exodus 20:8-10. How are you doing with that? I struggle with Ephesians 6:5-8, the passage where God calls us to be slaves to our earthly masters and to have a sincere heart. And not to be a people pleaser but a servant of Christ. Do it unto the Lord. He continually references our heart in this passage as if the means of what we’re doing is more important than the act itself.
Are you in a place where you can work to the best of your ability? And when you’re hands are tied behind your back where your productivity is being hindered are you able to carry on and encouraged with critical analysis and improvement? And if you aren’t given an answer when you think you deserve it are you willing to submit to your bosses judgment and do your best work in that circumstance? These are all situations that we struggle with and hopefully are able to do the best we can do toward working in a way that God might be pleased with our efforts. One thing is true that we learn from the parable of the dishonest manager in Luke 16, how can you be faithful in much responsibility when you aren’t faithful in the little?
I was taking a path that I could call my own. I wanted to climb the ladder and God continued to break my spirit. I put too much in the accomplishments that I thought I was supposed to accumulate. When I worked to be content it was as if God continually upped the challenge and the stakes. I continued to press into Him and he continued to confuse my own desire for a career path. I kept asking myself, I know what my desires and passions are but where is the mark of being responsible and the mark of trust. Do I depend on my health benefits or do I depend on God? Am I able to work to the best of my ability in this situation? My answers continually said no.
So, I decided to start over, or should I say I decided to depend more, to trust more, otherwise it seemed I would continue this cycle. I want to remember what it means to work hard but trust God in the results of the work. And with this, God is providing for my needs. He’s provided a part-time Starbucks job as I’ve worked to reinvent the way I think about work. Work hard and serve people. I now work just as many hours if not more than I did when I worked an 8-5 job, but it’s not the same. I have a cheerful heart. Are you content being poor (both in spirit and monetarily)? If you aren’t you surely won’t be content being rich in spirit or in responsibility.