Rev. Michael Duncan helps us focus on our True Boss.
“Who do you work for?” I asked. The bewildered look on her face was priceless.
“You know my commander,” she said.
I did, but I pressed the conversation further. “Could it be that you have the wrong point of view? You don’t work for him, you work for the Lord,” I said, “and God has given you this opportunity to express your faith to a man who needs to know Christ.”
As a Christian writer, whom do you work for? Do you work for the editor that demands major revisions before publishing? Do you work for an agent who loads you down with tasks that leaves you stunned? Or are you a self-employed writer, working for the benefit of your own life? None of the above are correct.
Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
From the writer to the sales person, and everyone in between, you must view your part of the process as an opportunity to serve the Lord. To step out of that point of view invites a world of frustration. The Scripture says, “Whatever you do.” It’s not the writer, the editor, the typesetter, the sales person or anyone else that takes a higher position than the others. It might seem like it, but each one must see themselves as “working for the Lord, not for men.”
Christ is your employer. He has permitted you to experience the circumstances you’re in right now. You might have a difficult time with someone in the process, but understand your first obligation—to be well-pleasing to the Lord Jesus. Work for Him, and your work will not be in vain.
Be encouraged to work “with all your heart.” This literally means to “work from the soul.” I like that. You work from your core, from the very place that your life springs forth in abundance. It is hard to work from the soul when you face a difficult boss. Refocus, and remember that it is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Who do you work for? When you can say with certainty, “I work for the Lord,” then no other boss can discourage you.
Rev. Michael Duncan
Pastor Michael Duncan has spent over twenty years preaching and teaching God’s word. He has spoken at churches and events across the U.S. and in two different countries. Rev. Duncan has served on staff in four churches and currently is the pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church in Darrington, WA. Michael has been a member of NCWA since 2008. He is an alumnus with the Christian Writer’s Guild, an occasional contributor to the MBBA section of the Northwest Baptist Witness, a contributor to the blog, Author Haven, and the author of the blog, From the Mountain. His first book, STARTING OUT: A STUDY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS, will be released soon. You can contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org .