Serving Him wholeheartedly
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
It is God who searches the motives of the heart. If we are to serve Him we are to serve not grudgingly but with willing heart. Those that work just for the praise of men will do so while people are watching but for the followers of God, their concern is on how they please their Lord and Savior. God gave the command to the Israelites that they should do labor for six days. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work” (Deuteronomy 5:13). The word “labor” seemed to connote drudgery, monotonous, or repetitive work. The Hebrew word used in this fourth of God’s Ten Commandments was the word “abad.” It was used more than two hundred times in the Scriptures and it was always translated in English as “serve.” It was only in the Book of Deuteronomy that it was translated as “labor.” The usual Hebrew word for “work” is “melakah.” This word signifies stewardship. When we do our work, we do it as part of our stewardship. The one we are accountable to is our Lord for it is Him that we serve. It is true that while in this world we work at the behest of our employer but as a child of God our ultimate boss is God. This is what the apostle Paul was addressing from our text. Every honest work or occupation we have should be carried on as part of our wholehearted service to God. Out ultimate accountability is to God Himself. When we have this perspective, we realize then that whatever work we do, that is our Christian ministry. Ministry is simply service! For six days the Lord made heaven and earth and everything in them (see Exodus 31:17). This is also how God ordained our workweek. So whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly “as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” When we have this attitude, Lord willing, a day will come when we hear Him say to us “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). All we do while here on this earth is a preparation for us to experience the joy of serving Him when we come to be in His presence seeing Him face to face. “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him” (Revelation 22:3).
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