Thursday, July 5, 2018

When employees were asked what they would like to have most on the job, the reply was, “Appreciation.”  Appreciation!  When a person is a good worker, he would like to be told that the company appreciates his efforts.  Solomon speaks several times about a lazy person.  There are too many in the work force who allow the conscientious to do their work while they loaf.  I once asked a foreman of an electrical company, “How many people work here.”  His reply was, “About half of them.”  He was serious.  To this day I wonder if the half that was working were informed that they were appreciated?

A good worker will do more than 5 lazy people.  The lazy ones allow it and then take credit for the labor the good worker does.  Some businesses have tried encouraging the lazy by rewarding them with the title, “Best Worker of the Month.”  The result only validates the lazy person’s slothfulness.  It creates dissatisfaction among those who do their work and take up the slack caused by the lazy person.  The real workers feel unappreciated.

When someone does his and the lazy person’s work, he should be paid for it.  That would be one way of showing appreciation.  Another would be to verbalize it.  Naming the real worker as the true “Best Worker of the Month” would give credit where it is due.  Even in the Bible, Jesus talked about the master who rewarded his working servants by not only saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant” but rewarding them (Matthew 25)!   When is the last time you expressed your appreciation to another for a job well done?  Expressing appreciation begins with you and me.

There are some who refer to themselves as “Christians” who have never thanked Jesus directly for what he did for them on Golgotha!  Think about it!  Jesus is our King (1 Timothy 6:15).  He is our Savior (Luke 2:11).  He shed his blood to remove our sins (Matthew 26:28).  He is called “God” (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1).  He made all things (John 1:2-3).  He is our head (Ephesians 1:22-23).  He is our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).  In Him we are redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7).  Despite these truths, some believe it is a sin to say, “Thank you Jesus”!  If one does not wish to be verbally thankful that is his business.  If I’m told that I cannot show my appreciation by doing such, I refuse to be intimidated by that person’s lack of appreciation.  Some believe it is okay to mentally thank Jesus, but wrong to verbalize it.  Where is that silent thanks given as a substitute?

If a husband refused to directly tell his wife he loved and appreciated her, what kind of marriage would it be?   We are married to Jesus (Romans 7:4)!  If a husband asked his father to pass on his love and appreciation to his daughter-in-law, what sage advice should that father offer??  Guess what?  The Father has told us to show our appreciation!  He did it through Paul who said, “Be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15).  Notice, this is before he instructs us to “sing”!  What good is our singing if we are not “thankful” to the one who is our King, Savior, Redeemer, Head, Husband, Mediator, and Friend?

Appreciation!  If you may express it to your earthly friends, why not to your heavenly one?  Just a thought.