Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Like many other believers in the Soviet Union, Alexei had difficulty finding a job because of his faith. Finally, through a cousin, he was hired as a lead technician. When another worker, the secretary of the Communist Youth League, found out that a Baptist had been given such a responsible job, he complained and forged letters full of accusations against Alexei. He charged Alexei with crimes like trying to sabotage the factory, or worse, proselytizing the other workers. Knowing the accusations were completely false, Alexei tried to stay out of the conflict. Then another person in the department spoke up, saying that as a member of the Communist Party, he could not possibly work under a Baptist.
After only six months on the job, Alexei was let go. From that time on, Alexei would find a job only to get fired a short while later for being a Baptist. He would start somewhere else, and again lose his job. In one year he was fired five times for his faith.
Finally Alexei approached a transformer factory where the boss was a secret church member. He gave this man a signed statement saying he wouldn’t ask for any kind of technical responsibilities, even though he was well-qualified. Under these terms he was hired to be a low paid metal worker.
For nearly 20 years Alexei worked faithfully, giving his best to that job, even though he was capable of much more responsibility and that the communists would never recognize the quality of his work. Even though much of his work was only semi-skilled labor, Alexei knew that his service was really for God and that in all things, he should strive to please Him. Rewards and recognition weren’t important.
In the end, however, Alexei did receive a reward for his faithful service. When he left that job, the communist boss commented that he wished all the workers were like Alexei. Years of faithful service left a strong testimony for God in the hearts of many who were resistant to Him.
Lord, help me to serve You faithfully, knowing You will use my labor for Your purposes.