In First Corinthians, Paul uses the human body to describe the relationship and the function of each individual member of the Church. Here in his second letter to Timothy, he uses the analogy of a wealthy home with many utensils. We can assume that a wealthy home would have all the utensils needed for every task, from the lowest to the highest. That home would also have a full staff of servants with one of those designated as the chief of all of the servants. This person would be responsible for making sure that each person was assigned a specific task or tasks and also that that person would be given the exact utensils he needed to complete the task. Some will tutor the kids, some will do windows and yes, some will do the bathrooms. All of the utensils and servants are there to care for the home, the master and his family. In this analogy, God would be the Master, Jesus would be the heir and the Holy Spirit would be the taskmaster assigning the tasks and giving out the utensils necessary to perform the tasks. The home is the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Holy Spirit knows who He has gifted to perform each task and no one can do it better than that person. We are to spend our time, not in foolish discussions about temporary things of little or no consequence, here or later, but in doing the tasks that the Holy Spirit has given us to do. If we do not, the Kingdom will not function as well as it should and the world around us will grow more evil as satan moves in to take the territory that we give up. I think we can see the proof of that all around us today.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
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.