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.”
Throughout the Old and New Testament and Graeco-Roman world, slavery provided labor for large portions of agriculture and skilled labor. Those who needed skilled workers would often secure the services of slaves rather than those who were freedmen. Many slaves had a better economic station than those who offered labor as freedmen.
Today, that description sounds more like what many of us experience in the 21st century—it is called employment.
Our devotional passage this week challenges us to maintain the proper attitude toward our work and establishes the level of work quality we are to deliver. We are also reminded who it is we work for.
Attitude, quality and our real employer: these three things are to be a priority for all who profess faith in Christ.
Often many begrudge the thought of labor. We presume everything would be different if only we made so much money; we believe if we had a particular job we would love and perform our duties well. How much we make and what we do does not take precedent over what is expected of us as followers of Christ.
As believers, our employers should see in us their finest and most productive employees. Those around us should recognize a notable difference in us because what motivates us to perform well cannot be compared.
Question: What will others say about our work ethic? Could we be a good witness on behalf of Christ based on our quality of work?
Our pleasant attitude toward our work and our higher quality of service is what distinguishes us among our co-workers. Daniel, although he served under the authority of a non-believing King, had an impeccable quality of work and character which set him apart as a worker beyond reproach and positioned him for much success (Daniel 6: 3).
Question: Does your quality of work and attitude while working set you apart from others?
Lord, we thank You for the blessing of being able to work, help us to work well, Amen.