Working for the Lord, not Man

Some mornings I have to confess that I’m not excited about going to work. I struggle to get out of bed, knowing the oppression that might be ahead, the stress that will come with the day, or even just knowing I’ll have to interact with certain people. These are often times where I struggle to see the point. What’s the point of going into the office? What sort of impact am I really making? Who is really going to benefit from this dumb t-shirt I’m printing? Who is going to benefit from this grade, or this assignment?

There are not many of us who have our dream job. Some of us may not even have a job, and long for one. For those who don’t have the dream job, what is your motivation? What’s your drive to get out of bed today?

One of the many reasons I love having a relationship with Christ is that I have purpose. He calls me to different purposes every day. He may call me to send out an invite that might encourage someone to come to Church for the first time and hear the Gospel. He might encourage me to smile and thank one of our cleaning crew who might be having a bad day. He uses us all in different ways every single day to make an impact in His Kingdom whether we acknowledge it or even see it or not.

Paul writes to the church in Colossea who was struggling to know how to live as believers, “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.” (Col. 3:23-24). You may have seen this verse a zillion times, but have you ever stopped to truly think about what it means in your life?

Today, I would encourage you to:

  1. Pray through this verse. Ask God to show you where you are working with all of your heart and maybe where you might be struggling to work with all of your heart.
  2. Confess where you might be working to please others more than the Lord.
  3. Ask God to remind you today in different ways how He is using you to impact His Kingdom even in the small things you do every day.

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