The Lazy Colleague

She was now being put in the same basket

Luke 12:41-48

Reference: But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. (‭Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭45‬ NIV)

Explore: My 21 year old daughter asked me for advice the other day. A colleague of hers was a fun girl, but my daughter had come to realise she was a lazy worker.

She didn’t put the merchandise away properly, which made it more difficult for everyone else, and she always took her breaks at the wrong time without considering others.

Because my daughter had socialised with this colleague before she was now being put in the same basket as her. This horrified my daughter as she is a hard worker and did not want her superiors to think she was not pulling her weight at work.

While she didn’t want to be nasty to her colleague, she did want to distance herself so she would be considered for a promotion when the opportunity arose.

Application: These life lessons can be challenging. In the Bible, Luke 12 is just one passage where God instructs us to work with integrity at all times.

We know this is what we should do, but it’s difficult to stick to the harder road when we see others being promoted ahead of us. But this is how God encourages us to live in all areas of our lives.

It’s not just when we get an instant reward that we should do our best. But in all we do we should live with integrity and act above reproach in everything we do.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I slack off when I think no one is watching. May I always strive to do my best in every part of my life. Amen.

What’s an area of your life that needs some extra attention?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.