"Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor."
1 Corinthians 10:24
It's interesting how many times I have read this verse and probably claimed to follow this verse, but the reality is that I often do not. This reality became real to me and smacked me in the face the other day as I was spending a little time in the Word one day before work.
I am recently back working at Starbucks temporarily for the next couple of months during our transition of everything that has taken place in our lives. It was humbling enough to contact my boss and return to Starbucks, but then once returning I sensed that some co-workers were less than happy of my return. This led to my own attitude towards these co-workers as I was determined to not allow their attitudes interfere with me and my life.
Instead of me loving them and seeking their good, it turned into me having an attitude towards these co-workers that was out to seek less than their good. One co-worker in particular I would do the minimum expected and sometimes less intently, so that she would be left with more to do and deal with before ever leaving work.
About a week ago I arrived at work early to eat breakfast and spend some time in 1 Corinthians and the first person I see is this co-worker. My attitude changed immediately and I decided right then and there that I would do the minimum expected during my shift.
I walked to the back, started eating my cereal, and opened to 1 Corinthians 10:23-33. I made it to verse 24 when God smacked me upside the head as I read, "Let know one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor." Immediately I was convicted as I realized that I had not been seeking the good of all of my co-workers.
Yes, I realize that more than likely this passage is dealing with seeking the good of other believers, but if that is the case then how much more should we seek the good of those that are outside of the church as a testimony to them?
I started to realize that I was seeking the good of those around me, but often times only when it was people that I liked or when it would benefit me. As followers of Christ we should be seeking the good of all people and desire to see them be what God created them to be by practicing grace in their lives just as we have been given undeserved grace in our life.
So if you have been like me and only seeking the good of those that you like then I pray that you will repent as I have had to repent and start seeking the good of all people. And when it comes to work in particular, Josh Reeves posted on his blog this week, http://joshreeves.tumblr.com/post/8698505392/30-ways-to-bless-your-workplace, "30 Ways to Bless Your Workplace" that are extremely simple and helpful ways that you can engage your workplace missionally.