Identity: My Life at work
If anyone wants to follow JESUS
22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don't work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.
4 Masters, deal with your slaves justly and fairly, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.
Our identity in Christ shapes our attitude and values. This passage encourages those who follow Christ to be good employees, whole hearted at work, to work from the heart, to think of work as service to the LORD Jesus, to realize rewards are not always given in this life- there are eternal rewards and if you are a business owner or leader treat everyone justly and fairly.
Recently, in the news, an actor was job shamed.
Job shaming is probably more common than we want to think. This culture is bent on shaming and bullying others.
Isn't it sad that we have taken work and made it into something unhealthy?
Work is valuable and
important. All work that contributes to the betterment of our community is worthwhile.
wants you to know he's doing just fine.
about the sudden influx of attention he's received since photos were published of him b
agging groceries at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey last week.
Owens - who was proudly wearing his Trader Joe's name tag - said he was "really devastated" at first - until celebrities and fans alike
jumped to his defense
on social media.
"The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them] ... and fortunately the shame part didn't last very long," he said. "It's amazing."
"It's really overwhelming, in a good way," he continued. "I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he's a celebrity suddenly ... it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there ... for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they've shown for me. It's quite astounding."
Owens, who worked at the grocery store for 15 months, said he first took the job because he wanted "flexibility" to stay in the entertainment business. (He's been acting, teaching and directing for over 30 years.)
"People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it," he said, adding that he's since quit over the attention.
Owens went on to say that he hopes his experience will reshape "what it means to work, t
he honor of the working person, [and] the dignity of work.
"I hope that this period that we're in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others - that's actually not true," he said. "There is no job that's better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper.
not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable."
"No one should feel sorry for me," he added. "I've had a great life. I've had a great career. I've had a career that most actors would die for.
no one has to feel sorry for me. I'm doing fine!"
(Article on People.Com)
It seems like worthwhile goals as Christian people to teach others what it means to work, the honor of the working person and the dignity of work. God works. He enjoys work. We are made in His image.