Words from the Heart for Monday September 4th, 2017
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Those at our place of work can tell the difference if we are just working to earn a wage or if we really are doing even our work “unto the Lord.” It doesn’t matter if someone is watching or not. We are doing everything for His eyes to see. From the Lord we will receive the reward. Whether on the job or at school or volunteering, let His approval be our standard.
According to a report released this past April by Surveys West, Canadians are struggling with their work life balance. 56% of Canadians who work fulltime said that they have had to stay late at the office in the past six months. Another third said that the office has followed them home. As well, 53% of fulltime employees in British Columbia said that they are working from home on the weekends. Only 33% of those in Quebec said the same thing and 28% in Alberta.
Canadians are hardworking people. Sometimes, apparently, too hardworking. And the result can be bitterness towards the work that must get done. The Bible teaches God’s people to work hard – but to also find a balance between work and home. When we do work, followers of Jesus are called to do so with a sense of willingness. Paul the apostle writes in Colossians 3:23: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Too often, Christians break life into the secular and the sacred. Church life is seen as sacred, as is devotional times and opportunities for worship. Work is too often seen as secular. But the Bible tells us that everything we do as followers of Jesus is to be considered sacred. Our work must be done willingly, just as our worship is, because we are working for the Lord and not for people. We are responsible to those in authority over us. Paul is not denying that here. What he is saying is that no matter who we are working for, ultimately we are serving the Lord. This is a good reminder on Labour Day.
These have been words from the heart.