Put me in chains

Why do subordinates of all kinds harbor resentment toward those over them? There were no ranks in Eden. There was God walking with two people made in the image of God, working together in perfect harmony. What happened? Well, God had a short list of tough consequences for breaking that world. “You’ll get your food the hard way, planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk” (Genesis 3:18,19 MSG). So we sing the working person blues because we have to slave away under people we don’t admire. “Angry people without God pile grievance upon grievance, always blaming others for their troubles” (Job 36:13 MSG).

We work in broken organizations where those in the cubicles think the person in the corner office is pretty clueless. It’s been so long that the boss man has been the adversary that it’s hard to imagine it any other way. But there are model companies where collaboration, shared decision-making, and better-than-living wages raise everyone’s morale and grow the bottom line. Those serving there sing a different tune. “There’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift” (Ecclesiastes 3:13 MSG). So let’s start a worker’s revolt. Put this on your desktop: I am here to serve. Put me in chains.

Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. He has been a contributing writer for Time of Grace since 2010. He has authored Grace Moments devotions and Straight Talk Books including, Help Me, Jesus; One Day Full of Grace; and When in Doubt. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.


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