Daily D – Colossians 3:23-24
Colossians 3:23, 24 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. (NIV)
Who do you work for? Most people give the wrong answer to this question.
A sales trainer asked each of us in our cohort who we worked for. The two answers repeated, again and again, were, “(company name),” and “Myself.” These verses came to my mind. However, since the trainer was likely not interested in the sermonette in my head, I repeated the wrong answer along with my peers.
The trainer told us, “No matter the name on your paycheck, you work for yourself.” My role as trainer of the new guys and gals said differently. I worked for the company with agents who were most likely to lose sales because of ignorance or inability to follow directions. This was most definitely not an experience of working for myself.
A few seasons ago, my coworkers and I refocused how we planned to manage who would do what. It is time to refocus again. Every individual should refocus with the change of seasons or every ninety days. Every company, ministry, and service provider should refocus annually.
* What is the most important goal for you to accomplish in the final three months of this year?
* What is the most important goal for your employer to accomplish before Christmas?
* What are the points of connection and difference for you and your employer?
* How will you honor God and serve your employer in this season?
How we work gives people a good idea of how close is our walk with God. Sloppy work, lazy efforts, and too many breaks lead people to think about us in ways reflecting poorly upon our relationship with Jesus who never showed up late and accomplished everything he came to do.
Evidence is abundant when we work with all of our hearts. What will the evidence say at the end of this day? This week? This month? This quarter? This year?
Even if you do not like your boss, your employer, or your work, remember who you are working for and work to honor him and bless others. Jesus rewards those who honor him in this manner.
I will work for the reward Jesus gives to those who honor him and serve others.
Our Father, as Moses prayed in Psalm 90, “may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful,” (NLT). Empower us to do honorable work honorably. Empower us to give the kind of effort resulting in success and blessing. Amen.
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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”