Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
Today at Stonepoint we talked about Colossians 3:22-4:1. It was a good message by Pastor Brandon as he talked about work and how we should go about it. The message brought four points about how we as Christians should go about our work:
1. Be productive at work–even when no one is watching
2. Respect your employer
3. Don’t be lazy–remember you are working for God
4. Be honest and truthful
On the way home after, I was listening to a song by Mercy Me on my iPod called “I Would Die for You.” I have always liked this song and liked it more when I found out it was written in honor of a young man who went on a missions trip to some foreign country. While there, he caught some kind of a illness and soon died after returning home for treatment. For some reason, this song today made me think about the sermon. While I have always wanted to die well for the Lord, my desire to live for Him has not always been what it should be. Don’t get me wrong, I want to live well for Him and have always strived to do so. But I must confess, sometimes I have gotten lazy and slipped some.
Recently, the Lord showed me an area in regards to working here at the ministry where I have slipped. I have always thought of myself as being a good worker, and have tried to work with integrity. But a few weeks back I became convicted of something that I had not even thought about as a liberty I had been taking. See, we have been blessed with a nice cafeteria here at the ministry. I don’t usually eat there, but sometimes I would go down and see if there was anything I would want for dinner. Sometimes, I would fix a box to take home. The only problem, I would only pay for it about half the time. Sometimes it would be just forgetfulness but other times I would actually have the thought, “I’ve given nearly 20 years of my life here, the least they can do is buy me a meal once in awhile.” I know, it’s a small thing, but recently, I became convicted of this, and realized it was just my pride speaking and I was just being dishonest and sinning against the Lord. I prayed about this and asked the Lord for forgiveness. But I needed to do something more. I wrote the ministry a check and gave it to our accountant and asked her to put toward the Café fund. Since I have done that, I have also been more alert to pay for anything I take from there.
This may seem silly to some of you, but I believe often that honesty and truthfulness at work (Pastor Brandon’s fourth point today) is not always in the big things, but more often in small things we sometimes forget or take for granted. In our minds, we can make ourselves out to be more than we really are. Instead of just seeking to serve our Lord honestly in our work, we become prideful and take advantage of some of the “perks” our employer may have for us. I also believe that one of the things God is most concerned with toward us is our character development.
I pray we at Stonepoint will take today’s message to heart. May we remember that, “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve (Colossians 3:24 NASB).