Work and the Christian life go hand and hand. I remember when I got my first job. When I was 12 years old, my parents went to pick up a nice dining room table set (my mom’s dream table set) from a woman on craigslist. Soon after we arrived, I remember noticing that her lawn was quite long so I said “Your lawn looks like it hasn’t been mowed in a while.” She laughed and told me that it was difficult for her to mow it herself. So I said, “How about you hire me for $10/hr to mow your lawn each week?” She agreed and I had successfully gotten my first job.
I mowed her lawn as best as I could every week. She always paid me well and even brought me giant tootsie rolls on occasion! My manual labor career continued till I was in high school. Through the years, my work ethic has continued to improve as I realized the value of good work. My parents grounded work ethic into me even from a young age. If I wanted a cell phone or cool shoes, I had to save up money and buy them myself. As I got older I recognized that working was not only about myself but about others. When I worked at Sears as a salesman, I recognized the importance of putting the customer first. Putting the customer first has been a lifelong principle I have continued to focus on in my work.
Get Rewarded for a Servants Heart
Working hard and putting the customer first doesn’t always have a reward though. Sometimes I would get made fun of by coworkers as a “people pleaser” or “soft” but in reality, I was making more money than they were because of my excellent customer service. The two greatest commandments both recognized by Jesus and the Pharisees were “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength” and “love your neighbor as yourself”. (Mat. 22:36-40)
In order for Christians to truly pursue God in love, heart, soul, and strength, one must love your neighbor. Now love doesn’t mean you need to bake them cookies every day or blow people kisses. Loving your neighbor looks like showing off the fruits of the spirit. Your neighbor also means your coworkers, boss, investors, and secretaries. Practicing love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control is easier said than done. When you put others first and do good work, your love for God is acted out and brought to completion.