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God's Working People

When you go about your work, do so “as working for the Lord”

God’s Working People
The Work of Our Hands – Part I

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

Key Verses: Colossians 3:23-24
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.

The Bible does not ignore the fact that most Christ-followers go out into our world each day to work. The Bible is clear that Christ-followers are to look at their work differently than unbelievers.

Mature Christ-followers develop an attitude that their work is a way to shine light on what it means to be a Christian. Christians should make the best workers on the job, but unfortunately that is not always the case.

Let’s to look at some Scriptures that describe the kind of workers we are to be if we are serious about our faith.

The first scripture, today’s Key Verse, describes the attitude that Christians must have as they go to work: “as working for the Lord”. This is the key to being a great witness to those unbelievers around us at work. Is it not true that when we see our work as working for the Lord, we give Him our best? Is it not true that we would never steal anything from the workplace, or cheat on our timecards? Is it not true that we would never show disrespect to our boss or co-workers?

This is not an easy attitude to maintain because our physical eyes do not see the Lord. Rather, we see the broken world with people who are unwilling to give their best to the job. At times, your co-workers do not appreciate you for doing your best on the job because it starts to make them look bad.

During my college days, I worked in a plant during the summer monotonously running a machine. Late one day, about an hour from quitting time, I had a co-worker come over to me and ask if I was going to run that machine all night. He was not happy that I was running my machine right up to quitting time. I was naive about the way many people look at their work.

It is not always easy to be a faithful Christ-follower at work, but that is our calling, and we must navigate those challenges with the help of the Holy Spirit. The first step is convincing ourselves that we work for the Lord.

To help make this attitude consistent in your mind, remind yourself daily. Try writing it on a 3×5 card and post it in your car so you can read it every day as you commute to work.

Father, with your help, I will see my work as an opportunity to work for You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.