Verse of the Day Devotion: Colossians 3:23
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,” – Colossians 3:23
When we received Christ and His work on the cross, He became our Lord. He freed us from the lordship of man but not the responsibility to those we work for. Anything we do now is for Christ and not for men. “Slaves be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Ephesians 6:5-6. The word ‘slave’ in this verse can be seen as employee under an employer in today’s thinking since slavery is illegal in our society.
In essence what Paul is saying is that everything we do, either for our employers, family, friends, church, or anyone actually, should be done as if we are doing it for Christ. In a way, we actually are, but we must not assume we can do less than our best because it is not “Christian duty”. Everything we do must be as if we are doing it for Him. We are not to just look like we are doing a good job, but we must actually do a good job. When those whom we are working for look at us, and our progress and results, they must see the very best we can do. Just because we are now Christians does not mean we can break the ties we have here. Remember, God led us to where we are, therefore, we actually are doing His work for them.
So, how can we accomplish this? We must be obedient to those we are working for and with. In a work environment, we must do all we are asked to do, when and how they want it done. This is what is meant by ‘ do your work heartily’ Not because we are being forced to but doing it from our heart; with good will desiring the best for them. We should love them as Christ does. There were many times when I worked in computer programming, I had to just make it happen because they needed it done immediately. I cannot count the number of times I had to work weekends and late into the evening. In fact, once I was given a task on Friday morning and it needed to be done as soon as possible. I worked straight through till I finished Sunday evening. Not because I wanted to, but because it was needed and only, I understood the systems requiring changes. I say this as an example. I wish my heart was completely right during that time period. But I did it as unto the Lord. I also asked for forgiveness for those times where my heart was not right.
When we do this, we are showing our love for them and ultimately, in them seeing us do this, we may have an opening to share the gospel to those we work for and with. If they see us giving our all to make what they need happen, they may be open to hearing why we give our best. What a great opportunity.
Lastly, since we are doing it for the Lord and not men, we know “that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:24. We may not receive anything from men, but from Christ, we have an inheritance in store for us. Therefore, we must be faithful to God, and when we are Christ will give us this heavenly reward.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.