February 16, 2012
Today’s Text: Colossians 3:22-25 “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
Today’s Key Thought: A wise steward of their vocation works for the Lord first.
Very few of us are able to work in a very Godly environment on a regular basis. Most of us work with a very mixed group of people with all sorts of faiths and ethics, both good and bad. Many of us also work for men and women who do not please the Lord in their management skills which affects their role over you as a Christian. Although their lack of morality or Godliness is sometimes a constant concern for you, your role has not changed. God desires that his servants work for their earthly masters in obedience. But some might say, “you just don’t know what kind of a person I’m working for!”. Regardless of that person’s morality or belief, God has called you to answer to their authority in obedience (in light of the law of God as well). A Christians obedience to his authorities at work, as well, should be done out of sincerity, not out of a false pretense, knowing that a Christians first works for the Lord in everything they do. No matter your role or job description, God desires that you first work for Him and work hard while doing it! Now that’s a modern day contradiction! Most would say, “If you don’t like your job or your boss makes you mad, slack off, take longer breaks and duck when the boss is coming.” Yet God says, “Work hard, work for me, regardless of your job or boss, and I will reward you for doing so.”
So what is your attitude in the workplace? Are you doing just enough to get by? Are you slacking off because of your job or boss’ treatment? Remember, as a Christian you work first for the Lord! Today’s challenge may be a hard one, but it’s worth the effort. Today, go to work (or whatever you do today) and work at it hard. Don’t let yourself be distracted by others, work as if God was watching you……because He is.