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 3:23-24 ESV)
Let’s face it, work can be frustrating. We may not feel appreciated, paid enough, or though others work as hard as we do. You may also feel as though you are not making much of a difference in the world with your line of work, and as though you could be doing much more for the Lord. These are all feelings we have probably felt one time or another; or might even still be wrestling with.
The church in Colossia had a mixed group of members; some of them were even slaves. Paul specifically addresses the slaves in today’s verses. He tells them to work heartily because they are really working for the Lord. Think about this for a minute and let it sink in.
Remember today that, no matter what you do for a living, you are working for the Lord! You don’t have to be a missionary or a staff member at a church. Where you are right now can be used to is serve the King of kings, and Lord of lords. The reason we can say this, and be joyful in this, is because our reward is not a promotion or pay raise. Our reward isn’t being employee of the month or a bonus. Our reward is our inheritance with the saints in Heaven (Colossians 1:12). This reward can never be taken away, and has much more value than anything that could ever be purchased here on earth.
When you just want to quit or stop doing your job, remember today’s verses. Stop and say a prayer and thank Jesus for making a way for you to have the ultimate inheritance through His death on the cross. Take a few deep breaths and remember that you aren’t working for men but for the greatest boss ever, Jesus.
Whether you are a stay at home mom or CEO, remember who you are working for today.