Day 13

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23

 

When a man and woman are in love, they tend to do things for their special someone they may not normally do for others or even themselves. They will clean their apartment until it sparkles and shines, even if they never vacuumed before. Those who have only braved making a PB&J sandwich will aspire to make an entire four-course meal from scratch. Why do they put themselves to so much trouble and effort? Because they want to show their love. These feverish attempts to impress may fade away with time, but they can give us a glimpse of what Paul was instructing the Colossians to do.

When we tire of working for a person who may or may not appreciate us, we must remember that ultimately we work for Christ. We are His bride! He sees how we work, even if our boss and co-workers don’t. Even if our extra efforts do not show up on our yearly review, we can be sure God has taken notice. Putting a smile on God’s face is infinitely more important than a pat on the back from a co-worker.

Do you seek the applause of others or the pleasure of God? If you find yourself consistently disappointed by the reaction, or lack thereof, of others, you might have a misplaced priority of affection. Ask God to help you get the right perspective on this, and watch and see how He changes your heart! He will help you do everything in His strength, for His glory, when you put Him first.

 

  • Danielle Borzillo

    This is not just true of the workplace, it is also true for stay at home moms and other caretakers. Occasionally our family members may remember to thank us for the 24 hour a day job that we do but this is a great reminder that we are not just doing it for them. We are doing laundry as unto the Lord. We are wiping noses and bottoms as unto the Lord. We are holding a sick child (or husband) as unto the Lord. We are caring for an aging parent as unto to the Lord. When I feel that I can’t respond to one more “MOM!” at the end of a long day of care taking, I will as unto the Lord. And in the morning He renews my strength.

    • True Blue

      Amen!

    • Christina Adams

      I needed to read your comment. Thank you!

  • True Blue

    I am constantly reminding myself that I work for the Lord, he is who strengthens me inside and out, I know he is the one who recognizes all I do. He is my lord and savior! In Jesus name, Amen!

    • Wanda Hernandez

      Amen

  • Lisa Hadebe

    I always tell myself that lm doing this for Christ,for nobody acknowledges me with my hard work. Amen

  • Demetria

    I needed this reminder, thank you Jesus!

  • Elaine Saramago

    put God first your intentions and deeds He sees it all. If humanity don’t notice I don’t really care. I know I put my best out there.

  • Herla Tassy

    Thank you God, this message was for me. I do so much at work, take on extra task and even hold several titles and I don’t even feel appreciated or a Thank you. I’m seeking applause from others who don’t even matter; I should be seeking God 1st in everything I do. God is my priority & I work for God and I know he see all my efforts. God I acknowledge you in everything I do 🙌🏾 thank you for opening my 👀

  • Lynne Campbell

    Amen

  • Wendy

    I actually read this very verse daily, one of my favorites