I love Christian-themed bumper stickers. Most of the time, they are hilariously awful. My all-time favorite has to be one I’ve seen on quite a few cars. It simply says: My Boss Is A Jewish Carpenter. Read this through the lens of an ‘unchurched’ person who doesn’t know a thing about Jesus. First, they’re probably wondering why you’re telling the world about the ethnicity of your boss. Secondly, they’re probably confused as to why that is a statement you want to be making on your bumper.
I spent six years working at FedEx Ground. My official job title was “package handler” (sounds glamorous right?). During my time in college, and the first few years of being a pastor, I woke up at 2:00 and headed off to the graveyard shift. My job was to move boxes from point A to point B, and that was it. During my tenure there, I had a few bosses that got under my skin. It was tough to work, or even want to work for those guys.
Believe it or not, it was easy to lose motivation during work in the middle of the night, especially after that Red Bull (or two) started to wear off.
I reached a point in my early twenties when I decided to stop working for my boss, and start working for Jesus. What you just read probably sounds incredibly cheesy, cliche, and bumper-sticker-ish, but what if you tore down the line you’ve put up in your life between secular and sacred. What if you started seeing your time at work as being on mission?What if you tore down the line you’ve put up in your life between secular and sacred? Click To Tweet
Often when we think of church, we picture in our minds the gathering of believers. People coming together as a community to glorify God is certainly one facet of church life. But our view of church is far more expansive and immersive. We believe in the gathered church–when we all come together to worship–and the scattered church; when we all go out on the mission of God.
As a church, we are the people of God, on the mission of God, which, believe it or not, extends to your workplace. This gives us a renewed sense of passion and purpose for even the most menial job (like moving boxes at FedEx).
As a Christian, your hard work and diligence while on the job will inspire others and point people toward Jesus. Ultimately, working for Jesus isn’t a great new idea from me, we can actually find it from the apostle Paul in Colossians 3:23 where he writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”