I’ve had a lot of different bosses over the years. My first job in my early teenage years was as a janitor at BC Tree Fruits. I was blessed to work with a fantastic godly couple, Eduard & Anne Dueck, who helped establish some great patterns of hard work and servant-heartedness in me. When I moved to the Kelowna Marina, renting boats and selling gas, I had a different boss, who seemed to take pleasure in accomplishing all the work through others. A true manager. As a journalist, I had several people over me with high expectations that drove me to work faster. Ministering at summer camps brought new “bosses”, and then coming on staff in a church as a pastor was a whole new reality of leadership.
But when you ask who my real boss has been through the years, my life has been shaped by the words of Paul in Colossians 3. Listen to these words as they are filtered through your world of “bosses”.
Colossians 3:23-24 “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.”
Whatever we are doing, whoever we are working for, our ultimate employer, our ultimate boss, is Jesus. When we flip burgers, clean toilets, pump gas, pack groceries, we are called to serve willingly, graciously, enthusiastically, and faithfully, not just for our earthly boss, or to get a paycheck, but to bring honor to the one we are really serving, our Heavenly Father.