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9/1/2019 12:11:00 AM
Work For The Lord
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

This week I saw an article about a 2018 Gallup poll that found 85% of people do not like their jobs for six reasons - the salary, the hours, their co-workers, the company culture, lack of advancement opportunities, and just not liking the duties themselves.

The 85% who are unhappy with their jobs fall into two categories. “Disengaged” workers don’t hate their job but they don’t have any emotional connection to what they do. They show up every day and trade their time for money because they have no other choice. Most of the 85% are disengaged laborers. “Actively disengaged” workers dislike everything about their job and it shows. They are not productive and have bad attitudes. The 15% who love their job and look forward to going to work every day are called “engaged workers” but they are in the minority.

We know that many jobs today do not pay a living wage and it is common for people to have more than one job to make ends meet. Working 30 hours a week is considered the “new full time” with many people getting less than that. If so, many people are not happy at work it is not surprising that the social atmosphere would be somewhat negative. If people feel that their employer doesn’t value them enough to pay them well or give them enough hours, it is easy to see why employee loyalty would suffer. No matter how you frame it, some work is hard with little to enjoy. The worst job I ever had was in a fast food restaurant cutting bones out of raw chicken breasts all day. I hated everything about that job, but it paid the bills.

Given all this, what can be done so the 85% can feel better about going to work every day? Ideally employers can value their employees more by improving working conditions, salary, and opportunities to advance. Legislation protecting workers’ rights and family-centered employment policies can improve the lives of those who labor long and hard on the job.

On Labor Day God’s people can advocate for improved working conditions and better pay for the working people of this world. Even so, these issues have existed for generations and are not likely to be completely resolved any time soon.

While we work together for the greater good of all in the workplace, we can be reminded that ultimately, we are all working for God as long as we are here on the earth.

Colossians 3:23-24
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance(A) from the Lord as a reward.(B) It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

If your pay is too law and you are stuck in a rut at work, rejoice that the Bible tells us the Lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. You have a greater reward coming that is more valuable than silver or gold. If you don’t like your hours, be grateful that God has given you more time on the earth. Every day is precious. If you don’t like your boss, do your best anyway and keep your focus on your real boss – the Lord Jesus. Working for the Lord in everything makes all work more satisfying for God’s people.

Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or

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