The Christian Public Servant – “hamster wheel”

October 20, 2016 – Thursday

Galatians 6:4-5 [NLT] Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Colossians 3:23-24 [NLT] Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

One of the greatest tools used by Satan is comparison envy. We compare ourselves to others all the time – using the wrong standards and lenses. We become “green with envy” when a coworker gets the promotion or raise that obviously was “due” to you and me. We despair and become bitter when Jane receives all the kudos from the boss – leaving us with the crumbs. But then, when we are the “teacher’s pet,” we believe we deserve the rewards because our work is “obviously” so much better – and this leads to a dangerous form of pride.

Yes, Satan uses comparison envy to keep us in bitter bondage to our emotions – up one day, and down the next – depending on the comparison scorecard. And it gets us nowhere. It’s kind of like being on a hamster wheel. It spins, and your legs move, but you never advance.

How can you free yourself from this trap? The only solution is to keep your eyes on your own work – recognizing who your true Boss is – the Lord. When your goal is to please Him first, you know He is proud of you when you overlook the offense. He is joyful when you uncover hidden pride and repent.

So at work today, get off that comparison hamster wheel. It takes you nowhere. Just keep your eyes on the Lord for He is the Master you serve.

And begin to earn your inheritance!

Lord, grant me the courage to give up my toys of ego and pride. Let me embrace Your standards of success. I cannot do this on my own strength. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Gary E. Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Master of Public Administration Program
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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