“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
As believers, one of our biggest motivations and indeed satisfaction is that we are serving and pleasing the Lord. This mindset permeates our devotion and helps to navigate our walk with God.
It is also helped by the fact that you recognise that God is omnipresent, which means that He is everywhere at the same time and sees everything that you do. The expectation will be that in whatever you do, there must be the consciousness that it is in service to the Lord and for the purpose of pleasing him.
Our anchor text emphasises that there must be a willingness to prioritise pleasing God in our affairs as against pleasing man. It must be our utmost and sole desire always (2 Corinthians 5:15, Revelations 4:11). We are created for His glory, and so beyond seeing it as a fearful duty to uphold, you must consider it a privilege to live to please God. (Philippians 2:13).
There is a tendency not to apply this in our regular dealings with people. This is exemplified in how we unconsciously work towards pleasing our superiors, bosses or people we revere thereby losing ourselves along the way. Is it wrong to please your boss? Absolutely not; however, the right reflection will be, “at what cost”?
If your boss or someone you report to were to ask you to do something against your faith, are you able to decline? Your ability to unequivocally decline will stem from the consciousness that God sees you and it is to Him that you will give an account of your ultimate service.
In 1 Peter 2:12 (NIV), we are told to “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world.” Therefore take advantage of every avenue to stand as an ambassador for God.
Lastly, Apostle Paul assures us that there is a reward of an inheritance from the Lord when we serve Him (Colossians 3:24). This is so encouraging to know that God sees your service and will reward you.
Dear Believer, take your work as an opportunity to serve God and do it with all your heart.
Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 54-58