This Week’s #ipromise Principle- God is faithful even when we are not.
Today’s #ipromise Principle- Earthly work- all of it!– carries eternal significance.
“Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:22-24, ESV)
It’s Thursday- perhaps even Thursday afternoon by now. If you operate by a traditional Monday through Friday work week, chances are you’ve got your eyes fixed firmly on the weekend ahead- and it likely can’t get here soon enough. Even if you aren’t literally “working for the weekend” because of an unusual schedule, I’d guess you are counting down the days on your calendar until the next one labeled “OFF.”
While there is nothing inherently wrong with looking forward to a day off, or an upcoming getaway, for many of us our earthly work, in whatever unique form it takes, amounts to little more than an obligation we fulfill to pay the bills and perhaps enable us to afford a few desired extras. But according to the Bible, your work was meant to be far more than just that. While the presence of sin in our fallen world does make earthly toil difficult on numerous levels, God has given clear instruction in His Word about how we should approach and engage it.
Our text today emphasizes over and over again– in just three short verses!- that your earthly work carries an eternal significance. According to God, when you show up to work- be it as a teacher, a police officer, an accountant, a plant operator, or a high school junior (along with every other vocational variety out there)- you aren’t just working for an earthly “master”; you are “serving the Lord Christ”! Knowing this should give you a whole new perspective on even the most mundane of work related responsibilities.
Your heavenly Master sees everything about the way you and I engage our work- not only our actions, but our attitudes and motives as well. We are, in a very real sense, accountable to God for the way in which we work. Additionally, God has embedded many opportunities within our work to both grow in Jesus and be used to serve others in a way that points to Jesus.
So what challenge can we take away from this text, and the truth it presents? Here are three questions to consider as you hit the grind of your next work week (and the rest of this one!)…
1- Do I approach my work in a spirit of gratitude before God and others? Why or why not?
2- Do I perform my work with integrity and excellence, “working heartily…as the Lord and not for men”?
3- How can God grow me toward maturity in Jesus through my current job situation?
How can God use me to share Him with others in my current job situation?