Almost everyone has someone we work for, report to, or follow as a leader. At times we approach these relationships with varied levels accountability, pay, or reward. However the Bible speaks to us in one mind as to how and why we are to "serve" those above us.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Even in a secular work environment, how and why we work is important to the Lord and we are rewarded accordingly. We can probably all associate with doing a job out of duty or simply as a task that we must do to be paid. However, God is concerned that our attitude is correct. We should treat every task as if we are doing it for the Lord. We should work not just to satisfy a demand or fulfil a task but to glorify God by our attitude and spirit. We shouldn't work just to make the "boss" happy but to do a good job.
If this principle is important in the secular world, how much more should it be in our own church ministries? If we are not careful, our service in our church may be done with the wrong motivations as well. When we teach, clean, cook, or minister in any way, are we doing it just for the pastor, out of duty, or because no one else will? Prayerfully, we can focus on serving the Lord because we want to and not because we have to. Anyone can grow tired, cold, or lose joy if they are not serving for the right reasons. If we serve because we want to, we can have joy and excitement in what we do. May everything we do be for the Lord and for His glory.
Written by Aaron Lanier