What ever happened to working as if one is working for the Lord?
Colossians 3:22-24 NIV
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Whether or not Paul was speaking of slaves is really irrelevant in this case that I’ve chosen to write about. Most of us are kind of like slaves, aren’t we? We work to reap the rewards. As I read this from Colossians this morning, I was focused on how it pertains to the worker; the employee. How working for someone should be done in a manner and mindset that is comparable to that of working for the Lord.
I work for a great company. I’m very blessed to have such a stable place of employment, and I wholeheartedly put forth the effort to be a continual asset for them. It is a good feeling to see our team put in the work that brings the evident successes of each day.
Unfortunately, there are a few who are only there to collect a check and do as little as possible. They somehow manipulate management and other people they work beside by coming up with excuses, hiding throughout the day and posing as if they are busier than what they actually are.
I see it all, unfortunately, and it’s frustrating.
There are many in this world who are incredibly lazy, even though they are able-bodied. They cheat the world by collecting from the hard work that someone else puts in.I
I wonder if they acknowledge that they are ultimately cheating the Lord by doing so?
Some cannot work for many different reasons. Health issues are a majority of those reasons why, and I get that. What really disturbs me is the ones who can work and those who supposedly work beside others while barely pulling their own weight. It is frustrating to see someone else collect while those beside them are actually the ones getting a job done.
The rewards are evident in my own life. I am completely grateful for the fruits of my labors, and I am consistently rewarded because of my diligence. Also, all of it is never taken for granted. I know exactly what it is like to be poor, and I also know exactly what it’s like to sit back and collect while others perform.
As you go about your day, I sincerely hope you can help carry the load. I pray that all of us can embrace each and every labor as if it is a task the Lord Himself has asked of us to fulfill. I pray that we all give back to the Lord by being of service to others, willingly.