Medals @Work

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For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27 (NIV)

Imagine that one day, Jesus, our Lord and Savior, will reward you for doing your part in fulfilling God’s plans here on earth. Your age, gender, income status and position in your organization are not requirements to participate in those plans – only a willing and obedient heart. Yes, God does expect more from those to whom he has given more influence, talents, abilities and resources, but the more one participates in God’s plans – the greater the rewards.

I was honored recently to attend a ceremony to celebrate my older brother’s thirty years of military service at his retirement. Many men and women were there to pay tribute to my brother for his service and recognize the impact he made on our country. But two men stood out from all the rest of those guests dressed in military uniforms.

Both had more medals, ribbons and stripes on their uniforms than anyone else in the room. I nodded toward one and commented to my nephew, “that man has a lot of medals on his chest.” My nephew replied, “that’s because he did a whole chest full of stuff.”

I later learned he was an enlisted man, not an officer or a person of high position, yet he had at least as many medals as the General. This enlisted man earned his rewards – his medals – by carrying out the duties assigned to him and accomplishing it with excellence.

God calls us not only to be different in the way we work but to represent him in our place of employment and in our industry. The world is desperately seeking men and women of character who can bring forth new ideas and strategies. The world is looking for difference-makers.

What if we as believers routinely sought the Lord for his strategies during our workday, acted on that direction and united as the body of Christ? Perhaps we would see government, schools and businesses transformed and more brought to Jesus.

God is calling on you to change how work is done. You will be rewarded for your participation in God’s plans no matter your age, gender, income status and position in your organization so that on that day when Jesus places those medals on you, you will hear:

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23a (NIV)

Source: workLife Coaching Session

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