The Christian Public Servant – “working for the Lord”

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March 1, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Colossians 3:23 [NLT] Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord.

Reflection

Once a week, my supervisor recognizes employees who have worked hard beyond the expectations of the mandatory job duties. She presents them with certificates, gift cards, or a pass for an extended lunch break. I always wonder why I am not recognized but, nevertheless, I always make sure patient care is my first priority. I find joy in being able to help those who cannot care for themselves.

Last week, once again I was not recognized by my supervisor. But instead, two patients’ families surprised me with an overflow of gifts for taking care of their loved-ones diligently. I thanked them, but I knew it was God who blessed me!

Often, we rely solely on pleasing man, like our manager or supervisor. We get caught up in working hard for material things, and we get discouraged when we do not win. But God says always to work willingly no matter how others may perceive our performance. He is always watching and does not allow our hard work to go unnoticed.

At work today, remember you are working for the Lord. He has given you unique talents and gifts, so use them as tools to develop a positive motive and a compassion to serve. If you feel your supervisor does not praise you for anything you do, know God is the ultimate judge.

While acknowledgements are nice, and raises are even better, your rewards come from Him and not man. Seek to receive His blessings and appreciation in your workplace. After all, you are working for the Lord.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I ask You for strength and patience to humbly continue to work hard and do my best. Although rewards are around me every day, I know You see and appreciate my hard work and willingness to do my job well. Allow me to do my job with excellence and enthusiasm so that I may honor and please You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Sherrell Pomerlee
MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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