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Get a New Boss

posted Jun 14, 2016, 11:04 AM by Kelly Griffin
Knowing God has implications beyond the obvious. Take a business environment, for example. 

Perhaps your manager is like the guy who started a departmental meeting saying, “Please don’t think of me as your boss. Think of me as your friend who is never wrong!” 

Whether stated that blatantly or not, that would be a challenging environment. How do you cope? Let me make three suggestions for those who have a relationship of trust with God.

First, remember that you work for God, not a person. Really? Yes. I Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Colossians 3:23 is even more specific: “What you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” When I work for God, ill-treatment by a human manager still stings. But the pain and frustration is considerably less when my real commitment is to a God who loves, cares, understands and protects. 

Second, work for God, not a paycheck. Naturally we all need the paycheck. Why else would we be working? The bills have to be paid. 

But for those who have put their trust in God, there’s a bigger picture. Paychecks don’t last long. Reward from God lasts forever. He advises us to be “rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord” (Eph. 6:7-8). That’s a Paymaster you can count on.

Jesus urges in Matthew7:20, “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Giving our best with a good attitude, even in a difficult or unfair situation, is one way we do that.

We should pray like Moses, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psa. 90:17). The word translated “establish” literally means “make permanent.” Our work may seem trivial and be soon forgotten. But when prayed over, God won’t forget. He gives it permanency. 

The summer before my seventh grade year I painted our big, old two-story clapboard house in Hutchinson, Kansas. It was a tough job in the humid Kansas heat, and it took me all summer to complete the job. I got a couple of small interim payments, but what I was really working for was the brand new bike Dad promised when the job was complete. That’s what kept me going. And those who know God are always seeking His greater reward more than a paycheck.

Finally, it pays to work for God, not a promotion. Good, hard, honest work is its own reward, but ambition can become an idol that disappoints. Leave the results to God. Prov 27:2 advises, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth . . .”

Early in Teddy Roosevelt’s career, a couple of advisors suggested he might one day be President. He told them, “Never, never remind a man at work on a political job that he may be President. It almost always kills him politically. . . . If I begin thinking about what it might lead to, I will begin to work for it, I’ll be careful, calculating, cautious in word and act, and so – I’ll beat myself.” He threw them out saying, “Don’t ever mention that to me again.” Good advice.

LBJ staffers found him a demanding leader. He passed an office one day where the desk was piled high with papers. Johnson observed, “I hope your mind’s not as messy as that desk.” So, the guy made sure his desk was clear the next time Johnson came round only to hear, “I hope your mind’s not as empty as that desk.” 

If you’ve got a boss you can never please, get a new Boss. It’ll work wonders for your peace of mind.

Dave McNeff is Pastor of Eaton Congregational Church, a member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference,

Published in The Tribune on May 28, 2016.