The thoughts, reflections and musings of an average Church of England Priest
Monday, 23 March 2015
Acts 40 - Bless the Boss
"Work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you're really serving God." Ephesians 6:7 (The Message)
Imagine applying for a job and finding out the previous post-holder was God!
In 1 Samuel 8 this is exactly what happens. The people ask for a king and God points out that this is telling him, ‘You’re fired!’ We can sometimes expect our leaders to fulfil a job that only God can do. This doesn’t bless leaders or you.
Pedestals are lonely and uncomfortable places to sit, especially when you are expected to sit on them all the time. They can bend leaders out of shape or make them see things top down. People can look up to their leader’s position and not connect with them eye to eye as a person. The list of expectations can be endless: have vision and all the answers; don’t get tired; initiate good small talk; know me, value me, help me do great things …
Despite our expectations, or their own claims, leaders are human. They need our forgiveness and grace.
Our emotions, attitude and standard of work should be oriented towards serving God – that is a far higher standard and will ultimately be a blessing to your leader! At times we may need to graciously challenge or even change our leaders, but bless your leader today through forgiveness, acts of grace, and working excellently, unto the Lord.
We have probably all ‘fired’ God at some point and head-hunted human leaders onto our leadership pedestals. This isn’t fair to the human leaders or to us.
Fortunately, God was kind enough to tear up the P45 we gave him. In fact, he still has a job offer for us! You can start that job today, right where you are, and work knowing that you are working for the King of Kings!