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.Colossians 3:23-24
Good morning! These scriptures are such a grounding in love and happiness for me. No matter what we are doing, by choice or must, we can do so with love in our hearts and joy and smiles on our faces.
Paul’s instructions are to remind us that in all we do, we are serving our Lord. Demonstrating enthusiasm, passion and a good attitude makes a tremendous difference in our own lives and in our influence of others. No matter what our station in life is, from housekeepers to highest-paid leaders, we are all working for God’s honor.
Most of us have had difficult days at work. Some of us have experienced difficult coworkers and abusive leaders or supervisors. My young daughter has endured physical and verbally abusive bullying in school. Many mornings start with tears as she doesn’t want to go to school and she becomes incredibly stressed.
When these difficulties arise in our lives, and the instinct is to pull back, talk back or quit; I remind myself (and my daughter), we do not work for others, we are working for the Lord. That is why we must always do our best with love and joy in our hearts. For a sixth grader, school is work! And in Colossians 3:23-24, each difficulty in these situations is eased.
It is knowing that people (and ourselves) all endure situations, have issues we know nothing about and having pasts we didn’t experience and yet are still deeply loved and planned for by God our Father, and that is where our focus must stay, on God. With our focus on the Father, knowing that God knows what is happening, allows for the frustration or hurt to be set aside and for us to keep working.
Because, all we do, we do for the Lord.