Jonathan's Perspective  

Jan 24

'A Labor of Love'

Do you love your labor?  Do you love those you labor for?  Paul had some beautiful reflections (Col 1:24 - 2:5) about what it meant for him to labor for the church: 'I have become [the church's] servant by the commission God gave me.'  Here a couple insights that may help you love your labor.

First, Paul saw his work as service.  Paul understood Jesus' model of leadership: "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matt 20:28)  Jesus taught us to understand our leadership as servant-leadership.  Leadership is about developing people - even through self-sacrifice - to help them use their fullest God-given potential.  We must understand ourselves to be servants first.  That then informs how we should use our leadership influence on behalf of others.

Second, Paul knew his work was given by God: 'by the commission God gave me.'  Your work with clients, colleagues and family members has been entrusted to you by God.  We should always ask, 'How does God want me to serve this person who is before me?'  That person and the help you give them is a sacred trust that God has given to YOU and you alone!  How can you use your talents, knowledge, and experience to serve those entrusted to you in a life-giving way?  We are accountable to God much more than any earthly supervisor.  God has given you responsibilities at work and in your family that only you can fulfill.  God believes in you enough to give you power to encourage, strengthen, and serve those in your care!

So, when you go to work and return home, remember that those you are about to meet are a sacred trust given by God who loves them.  Put that love God has for each person into your service, and love your labor!

Seeking Life that is Truly Life,

Jonathan

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