Sunday, May 15, 2011
It really ticks me off when people don't care about their quality of work, and when they slack off on the job. They are being *paid* to work, and so, at minimum, should do the job that they so happily cash the cheques for. Otherwise, it isn't a fair exchange, and they are defrauding their employers and violating the work-for-pay contract.
That said, if the workers don't know Jesus, I don't hold them to any particular expectation, and reserve judgment. After all, they don't have the Holy Spirit to empower them to change, to take pleasure in their toil, and to give them a heart of service. If they do not profess to following Christ, the principles and precepts of Scripture are meaningless to them.
However, Christians are a different story. The Bible clearly teaches that, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Col. 3:23-24).
If a person claims to know and love Jesus, then there is an inherent duty to obey this teaching, because obedience is an expression of love and of that faith relationship. Part of obedience is working hard, and doing one's best, remembering that the boss isn't some person in an office, but God Almighty. This applies not only to ministry, but to life in general, including one's profession or job.
So yeah, I am judging other believers, and I ask that they hold me to this same standard, because it's not *my* standard, it's God's, and we're all called to it if we know Him.
Which brings me to my initial point: it really really ticks me off when Christians don't care about their quality of work, and slack off on the job. I am so annoyed with fellow believers who call it in at work, and don't bother to do their best every day of the week. I don't want to hear people use excuse after excuse to justify their piss-poor work ethic; your choice is really quite simple - go big or go home.
Either do it right and do your best, or else find another calling in life where you actually give two cents, because a Christian who works like someone who doesn't know Jesus brings no glory to His name. If you want to be a witness to the One you serve, then let your work stand on its own. Let every person who sees you remark that you go above and beyond, and let there be no question about your work quality or your integrity.
People often say that I'm a workaholic, and maybe I am a little bit of a perfectionist. But then again, I serve a perfect Savior and despite my own fallibility, I want to give Him my best every day. I want to be sure that every minute that I am given with my students (which is my job, and for which I am paid) is used responsibly, and to the best of my ability, because I will have to give an account one day for the hours that God has entrusted them to me. I do not take that responsibility lightly, for I know full well that those who teach will be judged ever more strictly (James 3:1).
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. (Prov. 18:9)
So here's the takeaway: go big or go home. But remember, your work tells everyone a whole lot about you, and about who you serve. What's your work saying about you?