Labor Day—Day 3
Colossians 3: 23, 24
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”
As we begin today’s devotional, let us meditate on this question, “What motivates us to work well?” Many would probably narrow it down to two reasons: When we enjoy working with our boss and co-workers, and some would say, we are motivated to perform well because we are compensated fairly for our services.
However, what if we did not like our boss? What if we work with people who tend to be difficult? What if we are not making as much as we would like?
What motivates us to be enthusiastic about our work when it is work we begrudge?
Remember, Paul was writing to a particular group who were at times not treated fairly and would be called upon to perform a task that could be belittling.
However, Paul says in our devotional passage “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” In other words, the same effort and energy that motivates us to perform well because of our love for God, extend that same work performance to men.
Our devotional text challenges us to work continuously in view of God. Our employer may not deserve it, but we are still doing it for God. The task may be difficult, but we are still doing it for God. Because we are doing it for God, those we work for consistently receive our best effort and a proper work attitude in spite of the task.
What would life be like for us if we approached work from this perspective? Often we deal with men based on what we feel they deserve.
However, isn’t it something that even on our jobs as believers we are called to extend grace and work for men as if we are working for God.
Question: For whom are you working? Moreover, does your work ethic reflect who you are working for?
Lord, help us live and work in constant view of You, Amen.