A Christian Work Ethic

 

A Christian Work Ethic
Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
 
Observations: Paul is still dealing with Christian relationships, husbands and wives (v18-19), children and parents (v20-21), and now slaves and masters (v22-4:1). Paul tells slaves to obey their earthly masters, and not just when they’re watching, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord (v22). Whatever they do, they are to ‘work at it with all their heart,’ as if they were ‘working for the Lord, not for men.’ In the Greek it’s actually ‘with the soul (pyche)’ rather than ‘the heart (kardia),’ but the point is they are to work with ‘all they are.’ They are to fear the Lord, not their earthly masters (v22), and they are to work for the Lord, not just their earthly masters. We may be able to get away with things in the eyes of people, but God sees everything. God even examines our motives, so how and why we do things matters to him.

 
Application: While this verse specifically deals with slaves, Paul is actually defining a Christian work ethic. As Christians whatever we do, we do in service to Jesus Christ. At all times we are Jesus’ ambassadors, we are His disciples, so no matter what we’re doing, we need to do it in a way that brings Jesus glory. While our bosses might be interested only in outward performance, Jesus cares about what is going on inside of us, our thoughts and motives and attitudes. To do our job grudgingly may be enough for our boss, but it won’t please the Lord. In what ways do you need to change your attitude towards your daily tasks?
 
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You have given me the work and the tasks that I have each day, and while those things may not be glorious in the eyes of the world, You want me to do them with an attitude of thanksgiving and joy. Lord, forgive me when my attitude towards work becomes negative, and help me to do my work as if it is You I am serving. Help me to do my daily tasks in a  way that brings You glory and honour. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

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