22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. — Colossians 3:22-25 NIV
Most of us do not have jobs that are commonly considered to be “full-time” work for the Lord. But, what we need to remember is that whatever our vocation is, that is where we are planted and where we need to bloom. Where we are right now is our mission field. We have more opportunities to witness every day than those employed by the church. The pastors and other staff are there to encourage us in our daily lives and minister to the flocks that God has given them. Most of their conversations are with other Christians, whereas, we are on the battle front everyday. Their job is to equip us to minister in our workplaces. When we are out in the world working for others, we must do so cheerfully and efficiently. We should be working to please the Lord. If our work pleases the Lord, it will be found to be more than acceptable by man. Will we always be recognized and rewarded by our employers and/or our fellow workers? No, but that should be of very little concern to us. God sees all of our works and stores up rewards for us in heaven. When we are faithful in serving God in the workplace, we can be assured that He notices it. We live in a work-a-day world, but we are bondservants to Jesus Christ. He is our Master and our Provider. When our work pleases Him, we can be assured that we will receive the promotions and rewards in His timing. Be thankful for the provisions that God has made for each of us. If we have a grateful attitude, we won’t need to “put on a happy face”, we can just let the joy of the Lord shine through us and that will attract others to Him.