God's Working People

The more you understand that God watches your life, the more you give Him your best

God’s Working People
Do Not Work for People

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:18-25

Key Verse: Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Today we start our journey on how to make the inner work that God did in us shine bright to those who cannot see our inner self. This is the work that God deserves from us who have received His great gift of salvation. This is only possible as we take on the attitudes that the Bible describes.

Our Key Verse gives us one attitude that is critical to our work. We must take the attitude that we do not work for people… we work for the Lord.

No matter what we do in our lives, it must always be “as for the Lord”. Can you see how this changes the way you live in every way?

To treat all family members in your home with the attitude “as for the Lord” takes work… the work God asked us to do. To treat all co-workers and/or neighbors as you would treat the Lord, takes hard work, but it is the work God deserves from us. To go to a job that you may not love and do the work as to the Lord is not easy, but it is the work that God deserves from us.

Again, if we do not put this biblical attitude into our mindset and work at it daily, then we end up working as for people. Working as for people never brings out in us the positive reflections of the inner work of Christ.

If you could physically see Jesus watching you and everything you do today, how would it affect you? What changes would occur in your attitudes toward people and your responses toward things that bother or irritate you?

It would change a lot of things in our daily lives! The truth is, Jesus really is watching us and knows every word we speak and every behavior that we allow in our lives:

For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21)

Jesus made this clear, as well:

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37)

These are sobering thoughts and warnings, but it is the reason the Bible tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

Are you ready to go to work today… as for the Lord? Will you do your best to never work as for people again, but do all things as for the Lord?

Like any hard work, it is challenging and none of us do it perfectly. The more we can picture the Lord watching and examining our lives, the more we give Him what He deserves: our best.

Father, with Your help reminding me, I will do all things as if I were directly doing them for You. Help me to see when I’m unkind or not heartily giving myself to this work. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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