“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10, NIV)

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A couple hundred years ago, a furniture maker was crafting a cabinet. He was taking great pains to finish the wood under the drawers just as he finished the visible, outer surfaces. A young co-worker asked the man why he was putting so much effort into something no one would ever see. The man replied, “Because I will know it’s there.”

The furniture maker thought his work was important enough to complete it with his very best effort. He saw an intrinsic value in it, perhaps based on his respect for good wood and woodworking skills, as well as on his customers’ appreciation for his finished products. What mattered most was the total package. As a carpenter Himself, Jesus surely understood where this man was coming from.

In a way, the cabinetmaker was “alone” at work because he’d done extra work that only he knew about. The time, materials, and skill put into the unseen corners of this project would stay private. Today’s workers making similar efforts sometimes wonder if their extra effort is largely wasted. Oftentimes, work seems to be simply “going through the motions.”

In Luke 16, Jesus taught us “if we can be trusted with the little things, we can also be trusted with bigger things.

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We can’t know what the bigger things are, unless Jesus shows us – and He only shows us what we can cope with at the time, so the full picture may take years to emerge. Be encouraged that your conscientious work efforts fit into the Lord’s design for your life. We live in a sinful world, surrounded by various poor examples, affected by systems and organizations. It often feels like our efforts aren’t fully appreciated, but we have been taught about the unseen truth of doing a little extra. We are not alone at work. We are working side by side with the Master Craftsman!

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

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9 Comments on “ALONE AT WORK?”

  1. L. A. Howard Says:

    This is a hard lesson for me to learn. After a long time of having no one appreciate the extra work, it can be super-hard to keep putting in the effort.

    I think that’s what happened to me at my last job. I didn’t feel like my employers cared, so it felt harder and harder to care myself, even while trying to look at it as a Godly task.

    I think this is why encouraging each other in the church is so, SO important! If we don’t feel encouraged about what we’re doing, if we don’t feel we’re making a real difference, it can be super-hard to keep the faith…


  2. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Reminds me of Galatians 6:9, too. ” And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

    Thank you for the exhortation!


  3. dhackdheolu Says:

    I think this is also the beginning of feeling irrelevant which could be very discouraging. God bless you for sharing.


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