The main devotional series that we are focusing on right now is our work ethic. I love teaching at my church and working with the children. The things that I can learn from the children is amazing. Sometimes I feel like they are teaching me as well.
There is one little boy that goes to my church that has a servant’s heart. He wants so badly to serve God. He is about 8 years old and with every part of his being he is dedicated to serving the Lord. I smile when I think about how loving his attitude is towards his grandma. He cares so deeply for her. He also wants to be a leader in his class. He can’t wait until he is a teenager because we let the teens help with children’s church and he is so desiring to be in a leadership role.
I remind him often that he can lead and be an example to his classmates. He can be a leader through example and set the tone for the class. He can show them how to pray and read the Bible. His work ethic is strong and I appreciate him for that.
Today’s scripture is found in Ephesians 6:5-9.
This particular scripture happens to be talking about slaves, however it is very applicable to people today as workers in the work force, or as a person doing a job around their house.
Here are 5 ways that I see a person can improve their work ethic.
Obedience- As workers we need to obey and understand what our employers, parents, husband, wife wants done and do the job satisfactorily. I often tell my children (more when they were younger than now) That obedience is doing what you are told right away, all the way and in a happy way.
It takes all 3 ways to be obedient. If you are doing the job right away but you don’t finish the job, or you are throwing a tantrum about doing the job than you are not really being obedient to my wishes and desires.
The same is true with ourselves, when we are about to do a job we should obey the person we are working for by doing the job right away, all the way and in a happy way.
Do the Will of God from your Heart- There are times when I don’t feel like doing what the person is wanting me to do…..However I remind myself that God wants me to do this task and I am going to work for Him not for the person….I am going to do my best because I know that God is watching me and sees what I am doing. I want to show myself approved and equipped and ready to do all things that Christ has given me to do, so I will work at every task He puts before me with the best effort I can possibly do.
Serve the Lord- There have been times in my life that a job was given to me and the person who was giving me the job was mistreating my willingness to work for them. They were taking advantage of me and it angered me to the point that I didn’t want to serve them any more then I would remember this verse Ephesians 6:7, Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.
Look forward to the reward- that is right, God promises us a reward for working good. He says that He will reward our efforts. It could be today, it could be down the road and maybe it will be an eternal reward.
Don’t show favoritism- If you are in a position to have workers under you then don’t show favoritism scripture clearly warns us not to do this.
Don’t hate work. Go into this upcoming week avoiding showing favoritism and implementing some of these truths.