Thursday, March 27, 2014

Working For God - March 27, 2014

Colossians 3:23-24 (New Living Translation)23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Isn't it hard to work willingly some of the time? Many of us have been "trapped" doing things that we really do not like doing, or working for bosses and around people we really didn't care for. What was the response to that situation? It probably was to complain and neglect our work, while doing all we could to find something or somewhere else to work.

The times we currently work in have probably required many of us to have to work at jobs that we do not really like, and the "daily grind" tends to do just that, grind on us. Maybe we should look at our entire response about the work that God gives us a little differently.

In Paul's letter to the 1st century church in Colosse, a leading city in Asia Minor(present day Turkey), he addresses how members of a Christian household should live out their daily lives. He specifically addressed this to the servants of a household, stressing that they should be obedient to their earthly masters, and later he turns the table telling the masters of the household to treat their servants justly and fairly. In both situations he reminds them that they are both working for a Master, in Heaven.

What we need to take away from this is that the same God we have faith in and count on for our daily needs, even for that job or work situation that we may not particularly care for, also requires certain things from us. As a follower of Christ, life takes on a whole new meaning. We are now His representatives to the world around us, and the example of how we react in all situations has a direct reflection on Christ.

Maybe work tomorrow morning might have a whole new outlook if we follow Paul's instruction. Remember the work that we do is to serve God and not only to serve the Company, and while we are at it, make every effort to keep God in mind in everything that we do.

 

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