When we moved to St. Charles, I was hired on with a construction company here in the area. The crew that I was initially assigned to was good to work for. My foreman pushed us, but he was fair. A couple months into my job with them, I was transferred to a different crew for a couple of days. I thought, "no big deal, how different can it be?" From the time I set foot on that construction site to the time I stepped off just a day later, I had never been more insulted, sworn at, or verbally abused. It was probably the most trying two days of my life. I have had several conversations over the years with individuals who really struggled with the jobs they were working. This could have been from several different reasons, but could have been because the pay was poor, the people they worked for were jerks, or the clients they had were less than kind. No matter what we do to provide funds for our family, we must realize that we aren't always just in it for the paycheck. Take a look at Acts 16 with me:
11 We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis. 12 From there we reached Philippi, a major city of that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. And we stayed there several days.
13 On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. 14 One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. 15 She and her household were baptized, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.
We read here that Lydia's job was that she was a merchant of expensive purple cloth. I am sure that most of her clientele, were rich people who were probably very degrading to the poor around them. That was just the way the social classes worked in that era (Do you think we still have attitudinal differences based on our socioeconomic status today?). Lydia not only chose to interact with homeless wanderers (think Paul and Silas), but she also invited them into her home to stay and be her guest. She used her job to provide for the ministry needs around her. As you are working, do you consider that you are working for God? Ephesians 6:7 says to "Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Who are you working for?
With sincere love for each of you,