Colossians 3:23-24 says, whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
As a Christian I do believe that we all understand what this scripture means. Before I became a believer, I was a sinner. I was never a type of person who looked to man for approval. What you don’t know is that I was arrogant. My mother use to tell me all the time that the Lord is going to erase that nasty spirit from me. In the back of my mind I was thinking, until He does, I will stay the way I am.
When I became a born-again believer, the Lord dealt with me about being arrogant. It wasn’t a pretty sight. I fought the Lord at every hand. But how many of you know that the Lord always wins? After the process of Him cleansing me. I had no idea or how anyone ever put up with my behavior. We will never know how ugly we are until the Lord washes us from our sins, amen?
One of the hardest things for a Christian is being in the workplace. When you work for someone as a Christian you must follow their rules unless it goes against the word of God. For instance, a young woman on my job shared her faith and a blast email went out saying we are not to share our religion. I for one will share my faith if you ask me. For the bible says very clearly if they ask you the reason for your hope.
Several people on my job knows that I am a Christian. And those who don’t know what a Christian is they know that there is something different about me. They know I am not like them. I have had one employee who doesn’t serve Jesus Christ, asked me to pray for another employee. She said,” I know that your God will answer you.” Yes, I prayed for that employee and God answered that prayer.
Recently I have found myself trying to please man. I know my duties and what is expected of me, but I’ve gone beyond what is expected of me. But this is not what the Lord would have me to do. It wasn’t until one day this week that the Lord spoke to me so clearly and said,” you have become a man pleaser and I didn’t create you to please man.” Wow! That was a hard pill to swallow. I did some repenting that moment and asked for His forgiveness.
Family we serve an amazing Lord. He loves me so much that He pulled me back and showed me that I was on the wrong path. I had no idea that I had strayed. I should have known something when things started to happen. But I chalked it up as the enemy was attacking me. No wonder things at work wasn’t working out the way I wanted them to. No wonder I felt pressure and anxiety. No wonder I was edgy. I can’t even blame the devil. I did this. I took my eyes off God. I was putting my job first. I started out working as unto the Lord but somewhere down the road I started working unto man.
I tell you my story so that you can be encouraged and to know that it can happen to any of us. I am back on the right path; things are much better. No more feeling pressure to perform and no more of un-necessary stress.