'If you're washing toilets, wash as though Jesus would be the one inspecting.'
Those were the words of the preacher last Sunday. He was basically saying that our daily lives should be an act of worship to God and that includes our jobs. If you're like me, you probably spend most of your time at work. I'm beginning to realise how important it is for a Christian to represent Christ well in the workplace. It can be really testing because, truth is, if you spend most of your time with someone, sooner or later, they'll begin to see your true colors. It is the same with work, and as Christians, we will do well to remember that our Christianity doesn't end at home or on Sundays after church. Having said that, it's not about pretense, but about changing your perspective.
No matter how much you love your job, there might be times when you lack motivation, and sometimes for valid reasons. At times like these I remember Colossians 3 v 23-24. It says, 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.'
Sometimes your hard work will seem to go unnoticed, or unappreciated. And the thing is that if you keep seeking approval or affirmation from human beings, you might be waiting a long time.
I've found that when I change my focus, and make God my 'boss', it changes my attitude. I want Him to be pleased with my work. And His reward is far greater than what any human being can give to me. So whenever things begin to feel like a bit of a grind, I try to remember Who I'm really working for.