Encouragement For The Working Class

(I’m writing this to speak over and encourage myself. I pray that, in the process, this speaks life over and encourages you as well.)

I am a bi-vocational pastor. While I know I am called by God to serve in the church, I must also work, what some may call, “a secular job”. Much like anyone else, I have frequent frustrations at work.And much like anyone else, I feel overwhelmed and over-worked, while simultaneously feeling under-appreciated and underpaid.

Well, in the middle of some extreme frustrations, the Holy Spirit spoke these words in my heart: “You can work for a paycheck, and money be your reward; or you can work for God, and He’ll be your reward. Your choice.”

Immediately, I felt broken and repentant. The Apostle Paul spoke these words: “Servants (or employees), do what you’re told by your earthly masters (or employers). Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:22-24, The Message Bible)

Every week, when it’s time to give money, I remind our parishioners that God is our source. Not our jobs, or our incomes; not even our own ingenuity. God is our source. It becomes very easy to forget when times are difficult, but in every way and every day, God is our source. Believe me when I tell you that God sees your frustrations and He knows all about your needs. He has not forgotten you. He is sovereign enough to make every challenge ultimately work in your favor.

I know these words don’t give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside, nor will they take away the sting of being looked over or taken for granted. At the end of this you might not feel better, but it should give you confidence in your God. You can work for money, which we both know will never be enough. You can work for honor, which we both know will never be enough. You can even work for appreciation, and you already know that’ll never be enough. Or you can work as unto the Lord. God is always enough. Your choice.

©  2013 Team Murph Publishing/DJoaquin Publishing

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