“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” ~Colossians 3:23
When I arrived at the colony 10 years ago, my job was to work on the dishwasher; the infamous Hobart. That was a learning curve, as well as dose of humble pie. Promotion day! I was promoted to supply handler, but my main job was to upkeep the basement. Basement work was a lonely task and at first I didn’t see the value to go beyond where many wouldn’t notice. However, I was introduced to this verse and this perception on what work is really about.
I was advice to work in that basement for an audience of One!
Paul was encouraging his readers to serve/work diligently; without selfish desires, but to be faithful in the Master’s eye. Contextually he was dealing with Roman-Greco slaves and servants of all sorts. These conditions and these individuals most likely needed a voice of reason. This was God’s command, the challenge was to process their efforts through the right views, and to understand that their labor was not in vain, but to be an example of a servant of the Lord.
How about you? Are you treating you job/career as testimony to God’s workmanship in your life? Whatever the condition, this command is applicable and if your employer is not asking you to blatantly sin, then the Word is encouraging you continue the work, unto the Lord. The amazing realty with God is that after a command, he follows with a promise. Here’s the next verse.
“Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward”(vs.24)
As God cultivates our new life with Christ, this causes us to think about matters differently. Personally, I know how hostile a work environment can be or even service for the local church. But grasp God’s call and direction, and he will provide the peace in your service and labor will not be in vain. Be encouraged Saints!
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a Colony of Mercy graduate and full time staff member at America’s Keswick
Daily Quote: “Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song – He has become your salvation. “ ~Charles H. Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.