Grossly Overpaid

Published on Jun 11th, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Grossly Overpaid

Grossly Overpaid

“It is not worth it”.  I seem to be hearing that a lot lately.  Most people don’t come right out and say it but their actions seem to shout this truth.  They are overworked, underpaid, and most deadly…they are underappreciated. They used to enjoy going to work.  Now they find their heart attitudes are slowly becoming the same as their co-workers – do enough to get by and count the days until I can retire.  It is to be expected, thanks to Adam and Eve.  We work by the sweat of our brow and the land is supposed to fight us the whole way.  There is a hidden blessing in all of this as God has intended all of this to keep us from expecting too much from our work.  Work cannot be our whole identity and it is supposed to leave us with huge hollow places in our soul.  That is so that we look to the one who is above and not to the things here on earth. So…on dreary days like we are having these past few days we drudge on to work and put our nose to the grindstone (whatever that means…must hurt though).  On sunny days that have a hint of a breeze we look out our windows and wonder why we are not golfing or fishing.

Then we read the Bible.  Always dangerous.  “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”  Colossians 3:23 Of course, the Lord could not be speaking to us because our jobs are especially difficult and remember: we are overworked, underpaid, AND underappreciated.  But then we read the context and it is about bondservants with earthly masters.  It really is hard to make the case that our situations are worse than those of the bondservants (although some of you are trying right now).  Heartily.  Not even sure what that means.  Stew is hearty.  Thick and meaty with nice sauce.  But heartily?  Paul does say earlier that we should work not just when men are looking and not to be people pleasers but with sincere hearts.  Sincere, heartily hearts. Heartily means “to a great degree” (the soup has a great degree of ingredients).  We need to go above and beyond.  We are not allowed to simply do our jobs.  We need to do our jobs…plus.  Plus what?  Plus a good attitude.  Plus whatever makes our boss look better.  Plus extra work when no one else sees or is around.  Plus, plus, plus.  Heartily.

You may argue that that is not how it works today.  You would be right.  Today you demand to get paid for every little thing you do.  Today you have to look out for yourself because the company has no loyalty to you.  It is how things work today.  But that is why Paul says that this is not about how things work today.  This is about glorifying a God who pays tomorrow.  We need to read the next verse:  “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive an inheritance as your reward.”  Here is the truth.  You are grossly overpaid.  Those that work heartily, those that work for the Lord, have an inheritance waiting for them that includes…everything.  Your boss may think that he is getting the better of you but in reality he has no clue how much you are really making.  Alex Rodriguez, a baseball player for the Yankees (yuck) made about $180,000.00 per game last year.  Chicken feed compared to our inheritance.  So go ahead, plus size your work today.  Work heartily.  After all, you’re grossly overpaid.

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