Words from the Heart for Sunday September 13th, 2020
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 (NLT)
Working For The Lord
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We don’t hear as much these days about “the Protestant work ethic” but it is a good description for those of us who take our calling in Christ seriously. In the book of Colossians, Paul calls the followers of Jesus to do everything we do for the glory of God. Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” When we see all of life as service to the Lord, it drives how we will do the work that God has provided for us to do. The world may divide work into secular and sacred, but the Word of God is clear here that all we do must be done for the Lord. While Jesus called His first disciples to leave their occupation to “become fishers of men,” there are just as many occasions in the Gospels where Jesus sends those He has transformed back to their homes and families, back to do what they had done before, but now to bring glory to His name. There is no such thing as “just a layman.” Every one of us is a servant of our redeemer God.
These have been words from the heart.