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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”