Backseat Workers

Proverbs 22:29 — Observe people who are good at their work—skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a back seat to anyone (MSG).

There are not too many things more annoying than a backseat driver. I have been driving now for more than half of my life and have experienced my fair share of backseat drivers, and every experience has been equally unpleasant. No one wants to be told how to drive while he is driving. It’s very irritating.

Keeping this in mind, I want you to read the above verse again. There is an important principle to be learned here. Those who are diligent and skillful at their work will be held in high regard, and they will not take a back seat to anyone. Another version says such workers will stand before kings (AMP).

You could also say that people who have a poor work ethic will not be valued or in demand. They will take a back seat to those who do things with excellence. I call them “backseat workers.” Many times these backseat workers will fault find and pick apart the people who work hard. This is not the will of God.

I want to encourage you today not to be a backseat worker. People who have a poor work ethic are a strain to those who really do work hard. I am a hard worker, and it is very frustrating to have to pull someone else’s wait while he or she is critiquing what I do from the back seat. I challenge you to be honest with yourself. When there is a job that needs to be done, are you someone who is sought after or avoided?

God’s desire is for backseat workers to get out of the back seat. Observe those who are good at what they do, and learn from them. Study people who have a solid work ethic and who do things with excellence. Do not be content with taking a back seat to those who work. God promotes diligence. Don’t expect to be promoted if you are comfortable riding around in the back seat.

Proverbs 12:24 — The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor (AMP).

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