S05E077, Details Matter, Andy B 2 Minute Video
We all need to work. In one way, or another, we work. And sometimes we work for ourselves, but many of us will work for someone else. But how we work with them is important when it comes to our desire to live out our Christian faith.
It’s easy to look at what you get paid, and decide work according to that. Actually, it’s very healthy to only work within the limits of the hours you are paid to do. Go beyond that and you’re likely to take away from someone else, get more tired and even more grumpy when what you do for free isn’t appreciated with a promotion or raise in your salary.
What we do is one thing, but how we do it is of far greater importance. Because God looks at our heart more than He does our hands.
Sure, it’s good to finish a job and for it to look good; to be safe; to work efficiently. But if we do that with a bad heart, God is watching!
So, when you’re doing your job, are you working for a pay check? Or are you working knowing that God is watching your attitude towards your job, more than He is looking at what you produce.
Just a thought...
[00:00:00] Andy B: So another Andy B Two Minutes Video, and I've been thinking about the smaller fine detail in life. So we we were, were preparing for our very first festival and one of my sons Nathan designed some stickers.
[00:00:25] Now, these stickers have one purpose in life. They're just to hopefully bring a little bit of joy to children and adults who might appreciate a happy fruit. It's literally a fruit with a smile on it. It's not particularly complicated. It's an extremely simple thing.
[00:00:39] For most children, they'll just see the sticker and hopefully smile, put it on a coat or whatever, or take it home with them. And that's great. It's made them smile. We, we've got exactly what we hope to do, just a free little gift we're giving away.
[00:00:51] But what struck me was the detail to which Nathan has gone. Now on a computer screen, you can zoom in, and in, and in and you can see the fine clarity, and the [00:01:00] detail of the effort and work he's made.
[00:01:02] But this got me thinking about how we work for God. Do we work diligently for the Lord? Or do we just do the best we can to get it done and that's that solved.
[00:01:13] Having been in full-time ministry for a number of years, I very much understand how sometimes we can have really difficult seasons, really busy seasons.
[00:01:22] Our first full-time ministry role in the church was working with children and youth and families in a very big, busy Anglican church. Very traditional. The Christmas period, the number of services that had to be covered in some way or another was out of this world crazy. But I still felt like everybody who was on that team, and we were just one of a team, worked diligently for God for their bit, for why they could contribute.
[00:01:49] Which brings me to my Andy B video again.
[00:01:52] Are you working diligently for God in your workplace? The job, the thing that earns you money to put bread on the table, and [00:02:00] put a, a roof over your head? Are you just going through the motions and doing what you can or are you working in that job the best you can, for God?
[00:02:10] It's really easy to go through the motions. It's really easy to think, well, they don't deserve it. They don't pay me enough. They don't treat me well enough.
[00:02:18] But God sees the heart. And He cares more about your heart than your hands.
[00:02:24] He doesn't care quite as much what you're producing as He pro cares about how you produce it, in your heart.
[00:02:32] So are you working diligently for the Lord? If we zoomed in to the details of something you are working on that you are paid to do, is it the best quality it could be?
[00:02:43] Just a thought.
Andy B, 25/05/2023