“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Cor. 3:23-24
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
This verse reminds me of my days of “waitressing” my way through college. There was a standard of respect that my managers expected of me. This standard did not change with the customers. I had to follow the same code of ethics for the irate and rude customers as I did for the nice and respectful ones. What a challenge for me! My natural spirit of self-respect found it hard to dig deep and bury my pride for the sake of my job. Sometimes I would grit my teeth and painfully grin my way towards that mealy two-dollar tip and wonder if it was even worth it. Then there would be those glorious days where a kindhearted person would leave a nice tip without breaking a sweat or making me “earn” it. When I think about serving the Lord, I know that it will not be an easy job. We serve God by being kind and good to those who do not “deserve” it. (God never condones abuse, so be healthy about taking a step back and seeking further counsel from God and professional counselor in these situations.) But, for the most part—Believers are called to go beyond the minimum effort—we are called to be excellent in all that we do. This is not easy. But, if we can submit to the rules of the workplace just to keep our jobs, why can’t we put the same amount of effort in submitting to serving the Lord? God’s rewards are WAY above minimum wage.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I am glad that you are my boss. You are a good God with a big heart. I know that you love me, but many people in the world do not realize how much you care for them. As a believer, I am called to show those very people the love of God through my actions. This will put me in a position to get hurt. I am asking you to give me the strength to see beyond my own pain, and still reach out and love the ones you have called me to serve. Help me, as this is the hardest job I will ever do. But, because I love you, I will do it. Help me to serve others with the joy of the Lord as that will be my strength. In Jesus’ precious name give me the power to serve others as this is really serving you and that alone is the greatest honor of all. Amen.”
If you or someone you know is being abused in any way, do not recommend using prayer as a substitute for getting help. We, at shalombewithyou.com recommend prayer in addition to getting help. Reach out to someone safe who will assist you in protecting yourself. If you notice someone else who is being abused, seek guidance on how to help that person from a certified abuse counselor.