Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Agents And Bosses
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. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:22-24 (NAS)
'Slave' is a hard word.
All the same, it's easy to feel like a slave to hard work--especially if we don't like a particular job or boss. Entertainers and artists have many bosses: agents, managers, directors, and even 'day' jobs that provide the means to pursue their calling.
The world sympathizes with overlooked and overburdened workers. Labor unions defend underdogs from bully bosses. But many defenders become bullies themselves. In the ensuing wars between employers and employees, entire companies are lost. Jobs are transferred to frugal economies and humble workers.
In most western nations, second guessing employers is second nature. Half-hearted efforts are far more common than going the extra mile. Actors and models change agents frequently. Loyalty is scarce, because climbing the ladder of personal success is not a team sport.
God tells us to work differently. 'If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.' (Matthew 5:41)
He tells us to work with excellence and places us in our positions for a reason: we have something to do or learn. Therefore, we give each job our best effort, knowing our work is for God. 'It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.'
If we don't do well, we can't be promoted. If we are treated wrongly, we trust God to make it right. 'For the Lord is a God of recompense, He will fully repay.' (Jeremiah 51:56)
Sometimes we stay with our agents and bosses for reasons only God may know. If the time comes to move on, He will open the doors and give us a clear and honorable exit. Until then, we stay put and we don't grumble. We remain thankful, loyal, and humble. We work our hardest when no one is looking, because then, especially then, God is.