So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God - 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Yesterday, Abbey and her sister took us by the old farmhouse that they grew up in. We were visiting my wife's hometown over the Columbus Day weekend (no internet service=no blog for 10/10) and I wanted our sons to see where their mother grew up. As I listened to Abbey reminisce as we drove by the farmhouse, I reflected on some of the hard times that they experienced growing up. It also made me think about what happened in their life that changed their financial future.
Jim, my father in law, worked at a full service gas station (I don't know if they still have those anymore) in town. He was a hard working man that always got along with the people that he came into contact with. Every day, the guys that worked for the local natural gas company that was located across the street, would stop by the filling station to fill up their company trucks for tomorrow's route. Jim always got along with the guys and provided excellent service every time that the guys from the natural gas company stopped in. A position came open at the gas company as a result of either a retirement or promotion, and all the guys recommended my father in law for the position. The position was "posted", and after a short period of time, Jim got the job. In a small town like where my wife was from, opportunities like this do not come often. My father in law was able to increase his income by at least five times his old compensation. With the benefits and profit sharing that came with the position, he was able to send Abbey to college and build a new home for his family. All of this occurred as a result of the hard work that he put in when no one was watching. I know that it can be difficult to work at positions that seem boring, mundane and out of the spotlight, but you never know who may be watching. In my father in law's case, it was several individuals that was able to recommend him for a position that changed his family's financial future that were watching.
Jim personified today's scripture and the message that it is trying to convey to us. His job may not have seem like the most important. In fact, the average person may have frowned his nose at what he was doing, but Jim did it to the best of his ability and was rewarded for his efforts. We should all take a page out of his book and perform even the most common of deeds with the intent of glorifying our God. Carrying out our tasks to the best of our abilities is the way to honor our Creator and not bring glory to our self. My father in law went about his work doing it to the best of his ability on a consistent basis and did not seek individual glory. In doing so, his actions were noticed and as I stated earlier, resulted in greater responsibilities and a life changing position. Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, do it all with the aim to glorify your God.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.