We all have a boss.
We all have people who are over us. They oversee what we do, they hold us accountable to our responsibilities, and they keep us moving.
I have had really great bosses, and I have had really horrible bosses. The really good bosses motivate you to keep going, they encourage you, and they recognize when you go above and beyond or when you do a good job. I love those bosses. However, the really bad ones…well they do the opposite. But here is the good news… Jesus.
He’s always the good news.
Colossians 3:22-25 says this (Message version):
“Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.”
We all have an earthly boss that we are accountable to, and it is biblical to do your job, and to do it well. It’s biblical to respect those in authority. It’s biblical to be on time, to be responsible with your time, and to always do the best you can. However, sometimes its easy to get discouraged when we do all those things, and we feel like they aren’t recognized.
I used to work in a company that operated that way. You really didn’t get much attention unless you did something wrong. And I’ll be honest. It really bothered me that no one really recognized how hard I was working. I was starting to get discouraged that I was really trying and that wasn’t recognized. Especially when there were people not doing what they should’ve been doing, and they weren’t penalized for it. I know that sounds petty, but it’s just the truth.
But here is an important lesson I have come to learn.
I don’t work for them.
I have a really awesome executive director at my current job, but I don’t think Jesus is going to need to ask her for a performance review when we all get to heaven.
Here’s the deal: Jesus sees everything you do. EVERYTHING. So when you go out of your way to help someone: Jesus takes note. When you do your best at work even though you don’t want to, or your discouraged: Jesus takes note. When you feel like you are working so hard but no one sees you: Jesus sees you. When you feel like no one understands your stress: Jesus sees you. And every time you make the decision to do the right thing, the decision to work hard, the decision to keep going, Jesus adds to your heavenly inheritance.
I had a client I helped in the past, and I bent over backwards for her. I gave her money out of my pocket, drove her around town to every appointment, convinced different places to house her for discounted prices, and thats just a few of the things I did the many weeks I spent with her. Well at the end of it all she went right back to her old ways. Many people would see this as a total failure; however, Jesus really spoke to me through this situation. I joked with a friend that my mansion in heaven will have an entire wing dedicated to this client. But here is the promise we have in Jesus…our work is not in vain. No matter the result of our work on earth we have rewards in heaven.
Now please hear my heart. I really believe I planted a seed in this client, and I believe that she will remember what I did for her, and one day she will get better. I pray for her everyday, but I’m not discouraged. Because I work for Jesus. And Jesus thinks I did a good job.
When you find your validation in Jesus, you are walking in total freedom. And let me tell you, Jesus is always willing to validate you and remind you of who you are and what you mean to him. I think sometimes we forget that Jesus thinks we are pretty awesome. Don’t let legalism tell you that Jesus getting all the glory and honor means you are worthless. Because it’s just the opposite. Jesus gets all the glory and honor for being super awesome and also for making us super awesome like him! It’s so beautiful. You are so beautiful.
So…whatever your earthly work situation looks like just remember: At the end of this life, I answer to Jesus. So I work for Jesus, and I honor those around me and in authority over me.
There is so much freedom in this simple concept. Jesus is the greatest boss of all.
Be encouraged my friends, Jesus died to know you. Thats how amazing he thinks you are.