by Rob Dunne
“Bondservants, obey in all things, your masters, according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:22-24
I have been an attorney for sixteen years. Prior to my current position, I was accustomed to a lot of autonomy. Rarely did my boss ask me to do something for him. Currently, I do not handle my own caseload. On Thursday afternoon, I find out what assignments I will have for the following week. Work that paralegals typically handle is included in my job description. Often, my boss sends me out to sketchy neighborhoods to sign up new clients. A poor attitude could make this a difficult situation.
I admire so many of the attributes that Jesus possesses. One of the greatest characteristics that He models for us is servant leadership. For all of eternity, He is God. Jesus literally lacks nothing. Then He inserts Himself into human history and becomes a man. In doing so, He gives up everything including His deity. Throughout the gospel narrative, Jesus serves others. He turns water into wine at a wedding. He heals every blind, deaf, dumb, lame and demon possessed person that comes to Him. He feeds thousands with five loaves and two fish. At the last supper, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.
The twenty-four hours prior to His death are truly admirable. Knowing what He is about to undergo, Jesus pleads with the Father to forego the cross. Understanding the hierarchy, however, He surrenders to the will of God. Jesus then submits to the Jewish leaders and Pontius Pilot in obedience to the Father. In each situation, Jesus recognizes the authority over Him and obeys it.
As followers of Jesus, we must obey our employers and do what they ask of us. We need to do our best at work when the boss is watching and when she is not. I am not talking about sucking up. Rather, I suggest a genuine respect for those that God has placed in positions of authority over us. When we perform a task at work, we need to remind ourselves that we are doing it for the God who died for us.
Father, thank you for blessing us with jobs that provide for our needs. Help us to honor those in authority over us by working to the best of our abilities, knowing that our true reward comes from you. Let our work lives be a testament to the example set by the ultimate servant leader, Jesus. Amen.
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