“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” Ephesians 6:7 (NIV)
Having previously worked in a public school system for 27 years, I can assure you that each day was an adventure. To put it mildly, there was never a dull moment! Some days passed smoothly, but others were not totally enjoyable! On any given day, there could be stray bats flying down the halls, disruptive children refusing to follow instructions, or an estranged parent trying to remove his/her child from the school with no legal right to do so. These were days where the dentist office sounded like a better alternative than being at work!
During moments like the ones described above, there is no doubt of my genuine effort to show love and compassion to others when presented with stressful situations. However, there were other times when my patience would wear thin and my frustration could not help but show. While it was never my intention, perhaps those around me could not see even the slightest characteristic of Christ living in me during those moments. If that were the case, then I was not doing my job “as unto the Lord”, but in my own strength.
The scripture referenced above says we are to “serve wholeheartedly.” Merriman-Webster.com defines wholehearted as follows: completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic; marked by complete earnest commitment; free from all reserve or hesitation.
This week, determine to devote yourself to others, serving them enthusiastically and earnestly. Go the extra mile whenever possible. Show patience, kindness, and love. Be joyful in the tasks ahead. Above all, remember that Christ living in and through you brings light to the world. Accordingly, you will be rewarded by your Heavenly Father for striving to create this type of environment, whether it is in the workplace, your community, or at home.
Prayer: Father God, there is none like You. In Your sovereignty, You created us for relationship with You and others. Father, help us to serve You enthusiastically with love and kindness, knowing that we are Your representatives here on earth. Since we are all You have, fill us with Your power and strength each day. I pray that others would see Christ living in us and want to follow You, too. Give us strength and patience as we go about Your business in the traffic lanes of our daily lives. I pray this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.