An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.”
The carpenter was shocked!
What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.
The same way never mind where we work and what we work, but do it with sincerity because we do not know in which way comes the reward. At times we may not be recognized or rewarded for our work and sincerity. Never lose heart because the reward from our loving heavenly father is waiting for us. He will surely reward us. The Lord says, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. Revelation 22:12
..Obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:22-24
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Ephesians 6:5
Do you see any truly competent workers? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29