27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
The Boss Baby is a story about seven-year-old Tim Templeton who greatly enjoys being an only child, until the Boss Baby arrives, suddenly stealing the attention and affection that Tim had enjoyed alone for many years. To Tim’s relief, the Boss Baby assures Tim that he will be gone as soon as he completes the mission for which he was sent: to defeat the evil plan of Puppy, Co.
By the end of the film, Tim and the Boss Baby complete the mission and the Boss Baby is finally able to return to BabyCorp to reap the rewards of his hard work: the corner office. This is a win-win scenario for Tim and the Boss Baby. Tim gets the full attention of his parents back, and the Boss Baby has finally achieved the career success he has always desired. However, Tim and the Boss Baby soon realize that their greatest longings have only led to disappointment. What they truly want is to be back together.
Many of us are like Tim and the Boss Baby, holding out for deep longings that will ultimately fail to satisfy. Jesus taught those following Him that they should set their focus on the eternal rewards in His kingdom that will never fail. As we consider our work, it's easy to only focus on the immediate benefits of our job, which will inevitably fail us at one point or another.
However, Jesus has given us a greater goal. As we work in a way that honors Him, we can be confident that our greatest reward is yet to come. That reward will be eternity in His presence, where every earthly gain will pale in comparison to the eternal joy that will be found in Him. It is then that we will know true satisfaction and fulfillment.
• What are the rewards you work for on a regular basis? What would your patterns and habits of life say are the things you seek fulfillment in?
• How will working for eternal rewards and not immediate rewards actually make you a better employee?
• Pray and thank God for the eternal rewards promised to those who continually submit their lives to King Jesus.