If we have a deep faith and trust in the Lord and draw our life from Him daily, not only will our relationships with family and our brothers and sisters in Christ be fruitful, our faith will be integrated into our daily responsibilities and in our pursuits.
This week we want to talk about the significance of integrating your faith in whatever work, responsibilities, or vocation God has called you to.
Slaves obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism (Colossians 3:19-25).
In Colossians 3:22-25, the Apostle Paul talks about how everything you do matters to God and impacts your life now and for eternity. This passage brings out 3 areas to consider in your calling:
They were to serve Not with Eye service meaning not just to please people. This is a reference to working only when the master is observing. Even today people have learned the art of appearing busy but without actually accomplishing anything.
Idleness in our lives, whether voluntary or involuntary robs people of satisfaction because we were created by God to fulfill His purpose on this earth. Paul was saying that in fact everything we do is done for God and before God’s very face.
Whatever we do, should be done with singleness of purpose — A simple motive of doing what’s right.
Without a standard for what is right and wrong and reverence for an all-knowing, all-seeing God, we can very easily enter into practices that are unbiblical, unethical, immoral, and even illegal.
For God’s people, as a new creations in Christ, all that God has called us to do is to be done for Him and to bring Him glory. Even the minutest detail of life has immense value and significance when it is done with moral excellence, honesty and integrity. This is what distinguishes God’s people from the world. When we show love to our neighbor we are loving God.
Our purpose for whatever work we may be doing at this moment in time is not solely to take care of our own needs, the needs of our family or church but should be viewed as a sacrifice to the Lord and that which benefits society. What we do and how we do it is a testimony God’s value for His creation on every level.
It doesn’t matter for whom or in which organization or institute you work, because ultimately it is done before the Lord and unto Him alone.
As a child of God, made in God’s likeness, you were made to take responsibility and to steward things well. God wants you to know and experience Him in everything you do. When we realize that everything we put our hands to has the potential to positively impact future generations for God’s Kingdom then this should motivate us to do everything well and in a way that glorifies Him.
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor (Proverbs 12:24 NLT).
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper (Proverbs 13:4 NLT).
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty (Proverbs 14:23 NLT).
Paul was speaking of something far greater - your paycheck which is waiting for you at the end of your life which you will receive as a reward as part of your inheritance from the Lord. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
If you don’t understand the divine significance in your work, in your studies, in your marriage, as you parent, in every situation you face, you will be drained of life, especially when things get difficult. You will always be tempted to look for better options - a better marriage, better church, better job, greater position or salary.
But we really need to stop and ask ourselves and ask God, is there a reason why I am here? What do you want me to learn? It all comes down to our perspective, our paradigm, how we view God and ourselves, where we place our priorities and focus. Are you the center of your life or is God the center of your life?
In whatever God calls us to do, we are to be engaged with God’s creation as stewards, stewarding our relationship with Him, with self, and others. Being diligent in all that you do. It may or may not open opportunities to share life with other Christians or with nonChristians but it is Christ you are serving.
Paul finishes this chapter by letting them know that even if their earthly masters never reward them for their hard work or sacrifice or are unfair to them in this life, God sees everything you do and do not do and it is He who will give us our just rewards in the end.
God sees everything you do and do not do and it is He who will give us our just rewards in the end
We are continually before God’s eyes, He sees everything we do and every path we take and one day we will be standing directly in front of Him giving account for all we have done, every good work, every idle word. Let’s make a decision to be presented mature in Christ on that day.