“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
The recent onslaught of bad news can throw the best of us off our game. Add to that the challenges occurring in workplaces all around us every day – stress, conflict, insecurity and even job loss – and it’s easy to become overwhelmed wondering what, if anything, we can do to make a difference.
But there are some very real and impactful things we can, and must, do. As Christians, we have a responsibility to spread hope. And one of the best ways to do that is by serving others selflessly at work.
The way we approach our work each and every day matters. Think about it. From the first interaction you have with a coworker (how you say “good morning” … or don’t), to the emails you write, to the work you produce for a project, a client, your boss – your output is someone else’s input.
Someone has to process the way you say something to them, and what you write in each email. Someone has to base decisions they make on the accuracy of the data you provide. Coworkers have to decide to what extent they can trust and rely on you, especially when they need support. Your commitment to getting work done on time impacts another’s ability to meet a project deadline. And the people you work with every day are watching how you and others respond to all of the challenging situations, and gauging how they will respond.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, the way you approach the challenges at work each day influences the people around you. Are you serving others at work, or are you more focused on getting your own needs met?
Unless we’re intentional about serving others, it will always be too easy to be influenced by the stress and negativity that impacts many workplaces, and add fuel to an already burning fire of self-centeredness, fear and negativity. Jesus taught us a different way – he taught us to think of ourselves less and others more.
Jesus came to serve us – to pay the price for our sins, teach us how to live and work, and empower us with his Holy Spirit. In John 15, Jesus tells us exactly how to gain the strength we need for each day, and make our work and our lives fruitful – abide in him. He tells us very directly that apart from him, we can do nothing. But when his words remain in us – when we abide in Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14) – we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done to bring God glory (John 15:7-8). Jesus gives us the power and ability to serve others and do our work with excellence each day.
Never have we more urgently needed courageous Christians who are intentional about allowing Christ’s love to shine through them in the marketplace (and the world) than we do now. Encourage and support those around you this week by putting in the extra effort to serve them. It just might make a world of a difference.