Sunday, February 26, 2017

How God Views Your Job

When Crawford Hill was a boy he applied for a job at a local store. Mr. Peters, the store owner, told him to go into the attic. “You will find a long, deep box up there,” he said. “Sort through the contents and see what should be saved.”

Crawford spent hours separating usable nails and screws from things that should be thrown away. At the bottom of the box he found a $20 bill. He raced downstairs and said, “Mr. Peters, I found $20 in the box!” and handed the money to his boss. Mr. Peters smiled because he knew the boy could be trusted to work in his store.

The old junk box was just a test. Mr. Peters put the money at the bottom of the box to test his honesty. If he didn’t report finding the money, how could he be trusted with the cash register? He filled the box with junk to test his faithfulness. He wanted to see if Crawford would finish the job even though it seemed he was doing useless work. Crawford proved he was honest and faithful. Years later Mr. Peters retired and turned his business over to Crawford to manage. (Making Today Count for Eternity, pp.45-46)

Many people see their job simply as earning a paycheck, but God sees it with an eternal purpose. Life on earth is a test to decide eternal assignments for His followers. If you're a believer in Jesus, God is evaluating you to determine what you'll be doing in heaven forever (Matt. 25:21, Luke 19:15-17). Your attitude and faithfulness after you are saved determines your eternal rewards, which are privileges in the next life. (Rev. 22:3, 1 Cor. 3:13-14).

God told slaves that their jobs were important—they were serving Him and He would reward them. “Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth (bosses)…do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:22-24).

Whether you are the owner of company or a minimum wage employee, do your work with excellence. Be respectful. Remember that you’re serving the Lord and your work now will affect your eternity. If you’ll do that, He will give you a big promotion in the next life.

For more info about how your eternity is currently under construction, read my book Making Today Count for Eternity (click “Look Inside” for chapter 1)
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