‘Serve wholeheartedly.’ Ephesians 6:7 NIV
If you think your boss is hard to get along with, imagine working for David’s boss, King Saul. The more David tried to help him, the more Saul tried to kill him. So what did David do? Every time his boss flew into a jealous rage and threw spears at him, David ducked and kept on serving him. Why?
(1) Because David knew God had called him to be king, and what better place to learn the ropes than in the king’s employ? The truth is, sometimes you can learn more from mistakes and failures than from the achievements of success. So David kept his head down and kept on learning and growing.
(2) David recognised that because Saul had been called by God to the position he held, it was God’s job, not his, to remove him. Was that hard to do? Yes. But David understood that how you treat others when they’re in trouble determines how God treats you when you’re in trouble. And before his life was over, David got into lots of trouble and needed God’s mercy big-time!
Paul writes, ‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.’ Instead of murmuring and complaining, work to excel on the job and pray for favour. Remember: ‘The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.’ (Proverbs 21:1 NKJV) Because David acted with grace and integrity while serving under a boss who was a nightmare, God made him the boss! And when you honour God on the job, He can do the same for you.
SoulFood: Dan 8–10, Mark 4:13–25, Ps 144:1–8, Pro 10:19–21
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