Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Colossians 2:22-23

     A friend of mine was talking about these verses, saying how difficult they can be when we work for unreasonable people. There are two implied truths that we may not have thought of: 1) We represent God in the marketplace. We are His representatives, so to speak, so we have the opportunity to bring God glory as we work. 2) God sees what we do as sacred, so we are called to treat everyday tasks with reverence. It’s hard when we are surrounded by many who are so irreverent!

     Everyone who has ever worked very long has had a bad boss, and while this verse says that there will be an inheritance from God, it doesn’t guarantee that the good guys will always win in inequitable situations or that there will be fair retribution for unfair circumstances. So how do we persevere when we hate what’s happening? We ask God to help us work in a spirit of worship to Him—to give us the grace to take a menial job and turn it into a mission.

     My friend shared a story about a lady he worked with who had a positive, pleasant spirit, even though she was a housekeeper in a hospital. She was filled with enthusiasm and joy. One day he asked her, “How do you manage to be so positive doing a job that many people have a negative attitude about?” She said, “Mr. John, I don’t want you to take this personally, but I don’t work for you. I don’t work for this hospital. I work for the Lord Jesus Christ, and that gives me joy!” Wow.

     Can you do what these verses say? Work with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord? He promises that you will be rewarded for it one day, and He always keeps His promises!

*How can you turn your menial tasks into a mission? What is one small thing you could do?

It is an honor to work for You, King of kings and Lord of lords. You are a rewarder, so I will keep my eye on the ultimate goal: to bring honor and glory to Your name and to stand before You one day, saying that I worked with all my heart—for You and in Your name! Amen.

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