“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?… Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident (Psalm 27:1,3).”
In these tough economic times it is easy to get discouraged and doubt our self worth. I personally have lost my full time job this year, and I know others who have been fired for one reason or another. Even if a firing is purportedly due to budget issues, there still may be a lingering feeling that maybe our performance had something to do with our dismissal. It’s not a nice feeling, especially since American culture values performance and production.
We work for wages. They’re not a gift, but an obligation of our employer to compensate us for doing our duty. We’re all human, however, and make mistakes. It’s possible that a lack of performance will lead to trouble in the workplace. Our boss may feel we haven’t done our duty, even to such a degree that we get fired as a result and lose our paycheck.
This is why it is nice that God doesn’t reward us based on our performance. Instead, he gives us a credit card. We are given credit based on our faith in Him (Romans 4:1-8). God is the Lord of all life, including our jobs, so ultimately if we are believers in Jesus Christ, we are working for Him. So even though our employer may grade us on performance, the criterion for pleasing God is our faith, including in the workplace.
So when our employer criticizes our performance, rightly or wrongly, we know we have a refuge. We still get credit from God for believing in Him there. This doesn’t mean we don’t try to do a good job. Again, we are working for God and he tells us to be diligent in caring for what He has given us to do for work on this planet (Proverbs 27:23-27).
But if we fail to perform, there is still the credit card of faith. I’d rather carry this around in the workplace than depend on my own human efforts to be successful there.