Whose the Boss?

As Christians, it is important to remember who we serve.  It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that whoever signs our paycheck is the one we serve. We work for them.  Thinking like this is dangerous.  While we should serve them diligently and with a joyful and willing heart, we must always remember that it is Jesus we ultimately serve (Ephesians 4:5-8; Colossians 3:22-24).  This is especially important of those called into pastoral ministry.

In his commentary on Philippians, John MacArthur makes a helpful observation regarding the importance of seeing Jesus as your boss rather than the church.  He writes it primarily to pastors, but I think it also applies to all lines of work.  When we forget who our boss is, we compromise.

Even if a pastor’s or teacher’s primary devotion is to the church, it will inevitably bring some measure of compromise, disappointment, and spiritual failure.  But devotion to Christ Jesus can never be disappointing or in vain.  If his ministry is concerned with other believers’ standards and opinions, a pastor will invariably stray from the gospel to some form of compromise.  But devotion and obedience to the Lord and to His Word will just as invariably keep him on a godly and faithful course. (pp. 13-14)

I hope and pray that as you go about the work God calls you to today you will remember that it is Jesus that you serve.

In Christ

Pastor Mike


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