Employee Based Workers
We all need to work, but whenever you work for the sole purpose of making money, you’re going to hate your life and never accomplish anything that actually makes a difference in the world. At most jobs we work at, we’re making a difference in the world whether we see the difference or not, but when we find ourselves working for money rather than for God, that’s when everything becomes a waste of time. When you work for money, your expectations will come from people who may or may not have your best interests in mind, but when you work for God, you’ll always know your work isn’t only bringing you income (money), but it’s also making a difference in the world.
How many healthy people do you know who are super excited to work at a job where they get paid a whole bunch of money, but they don’t feel they’re actually making a difference in the world? Probably nobody. Nobody wants to work for a job that pays them a lot of money, but it sucks the life out of them like a blood-sucking leech. That’s just no fun.
We all need to make money to survive, but what if the goal isn’t just to survive, but to thrive? And by thriving in the workplace, I’m not saying that you won’t work as a janitor, a maid, or at Walmart for a season of your life. Thriving has nothing to do with where you work, but it has everything to do with how you think and what your vision is. As long as you know who you are and what God has created you for, where you work or what your current situation looks like doesn’t really matter. As long as you know why you’re alive, and that you’re working for God and not just for a paycheck from people, you will change the world wherever you are.
For example, If you’re a janitor, you know there’s that one toilet that nobody ever uses, and you know it’s dirty. You know you could easily get away with not cleaning that toilet and nobody would ever notice. If you’re working for a man, then I guess it doesn’t matter if you clean it or not, but if you work for God, clean the toilet. Your boss may never see you clean that toilet and he may never even care, but God will see it. Forget about whether or not your manager will notice your gifts, talents, and all your hard work. People have been doing this for years, and they never get noticed for anything. It’s a waste of time.
If you really want your gifts and talents to be noticed, then work for God. Whether your employer sees your hard work or not is irrelevant, work hard anyway. If you work for a man, your earthly promotion comes from a man, but if you work for God, your earthly promotion comes from Heaven. When Jesus walked the earth, the reason He had favor with God and man is that God was His ultimate authority.
Self Employed Workers
In the eyes of the government, I’m considered to be self-employed based on my current income. However, I don’t believe there is truly such a thing as “self-employment.” The title “self-employment” in itself suggests that people who are self-employed make all their money without the help of any outside sources, which you and I both know isn’t true. When you’re an employee, you work for an employer in a company who pays you, and when you’re self-employed, you work for customers who pay you. If somebody is paying you money other than yourself, you’re not a self-employed worker, but more of a creative worker since it takes creativity to make money when you’re not an employee.
The reason this is all important to know is because I hear a lot of self-employed people tell me that they make their own money, and that’s the furthest thing from the truth. One of the biggest problems with self-employed people is when they make money their god. We all know the Bible verse that says, For the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), and self-employed people need to be very careful of the condition of their heart in their business endeavors.
There are advantages and disadvantages to being self-employed, but one advantage is that you can make as much money as you want, but it depends on how hard you work. For self-employed people who work for God, more money could make a huge impact on bringing a positive change to our generation. On the contrary, self-employed people who work solely for money will become greedier which will lead them to lose their sense of purpose even more as their finances increase.
We’ve all heard the stories of rich people who get hooked on heroin, fall into deep depression, and even commit suicide. Scripture says, Where the is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18), and that’s exactly what happens when self-employed people work for money. The answer to life’s problems isn’t more money, it’s more of a vision, and that can only come from God.
Whether you’re self-employed or you work for a company, working for money is a waste of time. We don’t work for money and we don’t work to impress people with our gifts and talents to get a promotion, but we work for God. When we work for God, not only does our promotion come from God, but our vision comes from God too. Our promotion and our vision isn’t for our benefit, but it’s for the benefit of those who are hopeless, depressed, and dying without ever knowing the love of Jesus. At the end of the day, that’s what our work is all about.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human master’s (Colossians 3:23).
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