Labor Day—Day 4
Colossians 3: 23, 24
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
One in particular, was a pastor by the name of Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833). Lemuel Haynes was the first African-American to pastor an all-white congregation, Hemlock Church of Torrington, Connecticut in 1785. He also pastored the Rutland West Parish.
Lemuel Haynes stood out to me because of his philosophy of ministry. He believed eternity should shape our ministries. In other words, in everything that we do we should do it in view of eternity—an excellent perspective for believers to look at life.
As we come to our conclusion of another weekly devotional, Paul reminds us of the very thing Lemuel Haynes believed, “Do what we do in light of eternity.”
This will give us a good standpoint from which to serve and provide outstanding service. No matter where or for whom we work, having our eternal reward of the inheritance in our sights will give us great help.
Our devotional passage says, “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.”
The writer says, “You will receive the reward of the inheritance.” The Greek word for reward is antapŏdŏsis, an-tap-od´-os-is; the thought behind the word is a payment for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing. It is giving back in turn what is due.
So, for all we do and all we put up with here, in this life, on our jobs—God will reward us.
Someone may be asking, “Do we have to wait till we get to heaven to be compensated?” Remember, living in light of eternity also brings some earthly comfort and satisfaction.
Although the audience already knew God would reward them, they are being asked to exercise their faith by putting their hands and their attitude on display for the Lord’s glory.
If we believe God will reward us for our service, we prove it by being quality employees who provide quality service in spite of our work conditions and temporal compensation.
When we live in light of eternity, we can serve well here on earth.
Question: Are you living in light of eternity?
Lord, thank you for reminding us this week how important it is that we represent you well even on our jobs, Amen.