“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” (Col 3:23 NIV)
“Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.” (Col 3:23 TPT)
In all we do we should be doing it as if we are doing it for the Lord. What a petition Paul gives to the Colossians and to us!
At first glance this verse may seem like one of the “easier” verses to follow through on in our walks with Jesus, until reality sets in. Bills flood in, food needs to be on the table, your car needs gas in order to get you to and from places like work and the store, an unexpected illness or injury sends you or a loved one to the doctor, and don’t get me started on letting our egos get the best of us when it comes to what we do.
When there are so many things pulling at you, your finances, your time, it seems a little harder to work as if we’re working for the Lord. It turns into “If I work so many hours I’ll have enough to cover these debts, or ‘If I serve in the church people will see me and recognize I’m awesome”, or even “I just need to get through this day so I can watch Netflix and relax”. And you can believe that I am speaking from my own experiences with this one.
But what if we allowed the Holy Spirit to change our thinking? What if we became women, who no matter what our circumstances are, chose to work in all areas as if we’re working for the Lord?
I think it could have an impact like we wouldn’t believe! It would give us a heart change and allow us to approach all things with joy and peace. Don’t get me wrong, though, bills will still come along as well as pride and laziness, but it’s how we handle them.
The context of this verse is Paul talking to slaves in Colossae, which doesn’t fit in our context or cultures, but we can be slaves to idols that we knowingly or unknowingly worship and work for. So if we know and are immersed in the truth of this verse, I believe that God will show up in ways we didn’t see coming; bills will be paid, food will be on the table, and your service is seen as glorifying Him who deserves all praise, honor, and glory!
I am currently writing this as I am flying back down to Puerto Rico to continue to help in disaster relief. This will be the fourth time I’ve had an opportunity like this and all three times before I have forgotten this key verse. I have turned my work into gaining recognition for myself and to hear people, friends, family, strangers say how great I am and tell me how thankful they are that I am doing this. Well this will be no more! This trip will be different, it will be all about remembering my work is for Him, who has allowed me to be His hands and feet and to glorify the only God who can truly bring peace and restoration to a community that has survived a devastating disaster.
I ask, humbly, that as you read this you would pray for me. That I would live this verse out, and not just over the next month but throughout the rest of my life! My prayer for you is that you would know you’re not alone in this if you too are struggling in this area, but also that God would begin to bring joy, peace, patience, and overflowing love as you step out and give it all to Him.