I’ve started something new with my children – sending them a verse or two a day by email for reflection. These are verses that God brings to mind as I read and pray in the morning. I thought I would post them here as well to have a record of them, and to keep me accountable to the project daily.
Today, March 8, the verses God brought to mind were from Colossians 3:23-24:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (ESV)
Wherever we work (our places of employment, our schools, or in our home), we want to do our work for the Lord, not for men. The Lord will actually reward us for our faithful work done as unto Him.
I have found that sometimes this verse is an encouragement to me, when I haven’t always cared for the work I’m doing or enjoyed the people I’m working for – to give me a bigger vision that I am working and serving the Lord, so do it with my whole heart.
And sometimes, the verse has been a caution to me, when I’ve liked the work I’m doing so much and the people I’m working for so much that I start to want to impress them and do the work for their praise instead of the Lord’s!
So do your work, whatever it is (school, housework, etc.), to please the Lord, to do it with your whole heart, to believe that He will reward you for that, to be motivated by His approval rather than man’s. When this motivates us, we will want to give our very best at whatever we do, for Him!
Prayer: Lord, please give us hearts to do our work as unto You, knowing it is You that we serve, and You who will give us a reward. Please show us this and help us to remember the way you have designed this to work out, so that we don’t waste our time working for the praise of man or our selfish gain, but for You and Your glory. We love you, Lord. Amen.