Since I entered the workforce at the age of 16, I have noticed a common thread that winds itself through every man, woman or young person who endeavors to work for someone else. This thin, but brightly colored thread is that of discontentment! It shows itself in varying degrees, and will morph into other sins if not dealt with. Understanding this fact of reality, virtually every business owner and office manager desires to have an employee that will do his or her job with the least amount of drama; regardless of circumstances.
The Bible has a lot to say about how employees, as we now call them, should conduct themselves for his or her employer. A great example of this is found in Genesis chapter 24 with regards to the nameless servant of Abraham. Most commentators agree that this guy is the same gentleman mentioned in Genesis 15:2 “And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” (KJV) (Emphasis added) Whether it is Eliezer or not does not change the fact that his actions speak volumes to us!
The Commissioned Servant…
Abraham entrusts his eldest steward to go and bring back a bride for Isaac. (Genesis 24:1-9) Instructions are clearly given and the servant enters into contract with Abraham (verse 9). It is interesting to note that these obligations meant something to the servant. It was not taken lightly… even after some time had passed by. Later, once the young lady was identified and chosen, the same obligations behooved the servant to made no unnecessary delay in returning (verse 56).
A godly employee should seek to emulate this nameless servant’s example. The moment a person is hired they should take their obligations seriously. Though requirements may change and circumstances might not be as they were at the point of hire, a godly Christian employee will seek to be a person of their word! The job must be accomplished, and in no way should a godly employee condone unnecessary delay!
The Obedient Servant…
What Abraham asked his servant to accomplish was not an easy task. Recognizing this, Abraham surely selected the best steward he had. Obedience to his commission is largely what enabled the servant to make such a trek in a successful manner. Each new morning, out from under the personal supervision of Abraham, the servant was obedient to the task at hand. Nothing meant as much as finding the bride for his master’s son.
Single acts of obedience are great and can certainly be honored, but a pattern of consistent submissive obedience is what makes godly employees rise above the average. Some employees are obedient only while the boss man is watching. God’s Word never supports such actions.
(Ephesians 6:5-6) Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; (KJV)
(Colossians 3:22) Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: (KJV)
The Praying Servant…
The servant obviously knew the God that Abraham served! (verses 10-14) While we only read the prayer as being petitioned near the well, it is my conviction that prayer was being made all along the way from Canaan to Mesopotamia. Verse fifteen tells us that before the servant could finish his humble prayer, Rebekah was coming out! This speaks volumes to me! Abraham’s servant was seeking direction from God as to how to find the bride for Isaac, and God was not answering just one prayer of his, but the many prayers he uttered all along the way!
Every employee encounters challenges. Regardless of what profession, direction is needed, strength must be attained and success is desired! No Christian employee can reach their potential without being a prayer warrior! The servant didn’t just pray in his self interest, but on behalf of Abraham and Isaac. How awesome it can be to labor in prayer for a business as well as to labor in a physical way to get assignments completed!
The Satisfied Servant…
(Genesis 24:27) And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren. (KJV) (Emphasis added)
Being careful to give praise to God… the servant make a profound observation that adds clarity to many a servant of Christ. “I being in the way, the LORD led me…” WOW! Being in the way that we know we should be in enables us to ascertain the Will of God. Whatever is sought after may be found in accordance to God’s will… IN THE WAY. How many a “Rebekah” could be found if people would simply stay in “THE WAY”! Oh what satisfaction the servant enjoyed that blessed day!
It is my humble opinion that every Christian lady and gentleman, who is employed, should seek to be a godly employee! Though discontentment and its wicked sisters can infiltrate the workplace, they can be driven from the premises. Christians don’t have to let unmet expectations and other precipitating factors stifle their joy of the Lord. Recognizing their commission as a serious engagement, endeavoring to be obedient in every possible God-honoring way, and prayerfully entering the daily performance of duties can result is unrivaled satisfaction. One of the best places to demonstrate authentic Christianity is in the workplace! Will you do your part?