Summary: Many Christians hate their jobs. How are they acting on the job? Can their unsaved co-workers see Jesus in them? Could they be there for a reason? This sermon uses the true story of a Christian who died in the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy
When You Can’t Stand Your Job
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
How many have ever said to your self, "I hate this job!"?
How many have ever prayed for God to give you a different job?
Sometimes people pray for a different job
and God says "NOT YET".
Sometimes God says "No" to that prayer for a different job.
Some people wish they didn’t have to work.
They think it would be great to just do as they please.
But that is not good!
Some years ago, many hives of bees
were brought from a cold climate
to the tropical island of Barbados.
Right away the bees went to work, gathering honey for the winter
which their instinct taught them to expect.
The winter didn’t come, however, and the bees became lazy.
They stopped working.
They stopped gathering honey.
Instead, they spent their time flying around and stinging people.
When people don’t work, they sting other people.
They get into all kinds of trouble.
WORK KEEPS US OUT OF TROUBLE.
Today’s story is a true story.
It’s about a man named Al Braca.
54-year-old Al Braca of Middleton, New Jersey was a deeply committed Christian who was a member of a non-denominational church in Red Bank, New Jersey. He also was a vice president/bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, a high-powered brokerage firm in New York where power and money were very important. Al hated going to work. He couldn’t stand the environment. It was a world so out of touch with his Christian values. Al was not ashamed of Jesus and he paid the price for taking up his cross daily. Many people made fun of his faith, did cruel things like leave vulgar screen savers on his computer and often times generally disrespected him for his faith. They nicknamed him the "REV". Yet they all knew that Al really cared for them, that he loved them and that he loved Jesus. When employees would encounter problems in their lives, their relationships, their marriages or when they ran into difficulty, they often came to Al who prayed for them and with them. He shared the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, Al Braca hated his job, but he wouldn’t quit. Al was convinced that Jesus wanted him to stay there, to be a light in the darkness!
We’ll get back to Al’s story a little later!
Jesus expects us to obey our bosses.
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
The Greek word translated "obey" is actually
a combination of the Greek words for "listen" and "under".
It means to "get under the authority of your master,
and listen to what he tells you to do."
Working conditions of slaves in those days were terrible.
Think how these words must have sounded to a slave
who was being mistreated and abused!
"Slaves, obey your masters in everything?"
The first obligation a Christian has is to please his Lord! Amen?
And to be a faithful testimony to Jesus...
one way to do this, Paul says, is to give willing obedience
to those under whom you work,
regardless of who they are or what their character is like.
Christians are not to obey simply when they feel like it.
They don’t obey only when employers are fair and reasonable.
They are to obey in everything and at all times.
The only exception, of course, being
when they’re instructed to do something opposed to God’s word.
But if they tell you to do something that isn’t unbiblical...
God wants us to obey them!
If we reach a point where we think the situation is intolerable,
Then we need to quit and look for something else.
But as long as we’re employed,
we should do what we’re told
and work to the best of our ability.
You may say, "But you don’t know my boss!"
1 Peter 2:18 says: Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.
We are to be obedient, hard-working employees,
even if our employer is at times unreasonable.
Paul doesn’t stop with obedience to our employers.
In Ephesians 6:5-7 the Bible says:
5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,