Monday, June 29th, 2015
Complaining (Part 8)
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. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
Colossians 3:22-25 (NASB)
Maybe your boss isn't a Christian. Then surely, he needs a good witness. Maybe your boss is mean and unfair. Then surely, he's an unhappy man. You carry the Cure for his sorrow.
But what if he shows zero interest? What if he seems bad to the bone? Like the sinners next to Jesus. He hung in the midst of bad guys. But one showed remorse and was saved.
Things are different now in most free countries. We have labor laws, unions and watchdogs. Unfair bosses still exist among us, but complaining workers outnumber them.
In America, unions grew quite strong. By them, wages and workers kept rising. Many industries were forced to close down. Others moved their production overseas: where workers did not (or could not) complain. Our nation's result? Far fewer good jobs. Unemployment. Even more complaints.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God is quite clear. Every boss, whether fair or unfair, is appointed by Him. Every job, whether fair or unfair, is overseen by Him. He has His reasons, and they are beyond us. But if we work and wait, our rewards will come.
So when is it right to change jobs? If God opens a light-filled door, if His Spirit guides you to it, if you have't been complaining, if you've been content in small roles, if you've shown love in hard places, perhaps it's time for you to rise.
Well done, faithful ones. Come now to the front. Take these higher seats.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.