Have you ever had to punch a clock? No, not in the morning when the alarm goes off, but at work. There have been several jobs I've worked where I had to clock in and out. I was much more likely to be on time to these jobs since someone would know right away if I was even one minute late. And often people would line up by the clock several minutes before the shift change so they could be sure to clock out at the first moment possible.
Unfortunately, I saw a lot of abuse of the
system, too. People would clock in early so they could look good to the
boss, then they'd take their daily newspaper and go to the cafeteria for
breakfast. Others would leave early but conveniently forget to clock
out so no one could prove they weren't at their desk. Some people
believed that as long as they were clocked in they deserved to get paid
for their time . . . regardless of if they worked or not.
one tragic incident at a very large company, an employee was involved
in a serious motorcycle crash on his way home from work. They found
eight of his co-workers badges in his coat. He and his friends had a
great gig -- work one day, off nine. They would pass all the badges
around and clock in/out for each other!
It's a good
thing God doesn't ask us to clock in (well, in reality he doesn't have
to, being all-knowing of course). Some days I don't really start 'his'
work until several hours into my day. Other days I probably 'clock out'
within minutes of clocking in. I might have good intentions, but
something in life interrupts my focus and I forget all about the boss of
God doesn't really want us to have
specific times of day when we work for him and other times when we
don't. He's a jealous boss who wants all of our time -- weekends, too.
That doesn't mean we ignore the world and spend 24 hours a day in Bible
study and prayer. He wants us to be connected to him through
relationship all day and to see that the things we do are all about him:
providing for our families, talking with co-workers, encouraging
others, loving/respecting our spouses, and teaching others about him. He
does like our one-on-one meetings with him on a regular basis, too.
is your day going? Have you clocked in yet? Have you clocked out
already? One good thing about this boss -- he'll be happy that we clock
back in whenever we realize we aren't tuned in to his work and he
forgets those times when we clock out if we just as his forgiveness! And
the pay for this job is out of this world.
Paul has been giving the Ephesians instructions for life -- talking about husbands, wives, and children.
obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of
heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their
favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the
will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were
serving the Lord, not men, 8because you know that the Lord will reward
everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. (NIV)
Taken from www.biblegateway.com