The work you do matters, but your attitude at work matters even more. Whether you are counting numbers on a computer all day, teaching elementary students how to read, or working outside under the sun, when you step into your workplace you can choose to work with an attitude of self-pity or an attitude that worships God.
One of my all time favorite scriptures is found in Colossians 3:23, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Here Paul is saying to commit your work, labor, or trade to God who is the master of your life. And as he adds the words “rather than for people,” he reminds us that while we have a boss in the workplace, he or she is not our ultimate boss. Part of adulting in the workplace is realizing that the work you do isn’t to please a boss or get a paycheck, but rather it’s an act of worship.
Jesus’s parable of the three servants in Matthew 25:14-30 mirrors Colossians 3:23-28 and teaches us why adulting in the workplace really matters. In the parable, a man goes on a journey and leaves his servants with bags of gold. Two of these men are good stewards of the money they were given and get to work investing while the third man buries the money in the ground. The first two men worked willing, as though they were working for the Lord, but the third man was consumed with worry about His boss and in the end was punished.
Colossians 3:24 says, “Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” When we work with an attitude of worship, we are given a reward. In Jesus’s parable, He says, “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:21).
Colossians 3:25 continues by saying, “But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.” And the parable continues in Matthew 25:286-28saying:
But the master replied, “You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.” Then he ordered, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.”
We spend about a quarter of our lives in the workplace. Are we stewarding this time well? Are you using this 25% of your life to love the Lord with all of your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself? When God looks at your life will He give you a reward or a punishment?
The truth about adulting in the workplace is that we are held accountable, so let’s use this time to worship our Savior.