Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV) “23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for* you serve the Lord Christ.”
(MSG) “23 Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, 24 confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.”
Do you love your job? You may answer yes to this question or you may scream “NO!” No matter what your answer is, it’s important to remember what the scripture teaches about serving God through our work.
I love how the MSG translation says, “Work from your heart for your real master, for God…”. Many times when we work or serve in church, we may feel undervalued, unappreciated or even unnoticed. At moments we put in our whole effort into what we do only to get a small “thanks” or “is that the best you can do?” or “it’s ok, I guess it will do.” These comments can at moments be hurtful or even crushing depending on how hard we worked but this is why the scripture teaches us to do everything we do for the Lord Christ and not man.
Although it is human nature to desire appreciation, the reality is that we will inevitably be let down because man is not God is therefore not perfect. We will however never be let down when we find our appreciation in the Lord Jesus as He sees all we do and when we work for Him we always find fulfillment no matter how futile the act may seem here on earth.
You see, God is looking for servants and people that give to give and not get. When we serve God’s Kingdom in this way and even our secular careers, we are connecting our service to Jesus and not man. I see in church many times as people serve they may serve with the wrong motives. They may put in extra hours of church service to impress the pastor or look good to their fellow church friends, but in the end disappointment is always looming around the corner as they may not receive the “thanks” they were looking for. This causes murmuring in the church and hurts everyone.
I believe this is why the Bible teaches us to do ALL things unto the Lord and not unto men. When we do it this way we will never be let down, feel unappreciated or get offended at someone who didn’t “pat us on the back” they way were hoping.
I know how many times I have done things for God’s Kingdom that no one but God saw the hours and sacrifice it took to accomplish the task. However, I am always reminded what Jesus taught us so many times that when we do acts of benevolence or pray that we will find God in the secret place and He sees what we do in private and will reward us openly. (Matthew 6:1-6)
So let me encourage you right now…
GOD SEES YOU!
All those times that know one saw or said thank you or appreciated you…
GOD SEES YOU!
All those times you were upset that you gave your all only to not receive anything in return…
GOD SEES YOU!
HE SEES YOU AND WILL REWARD YOU IN DUE TIME!
Are you happy? Tell Me!
In Christ Jesus,
P.S. Be in prayer with me about the upcoming crusade to Albania in November. There are going to be thousands of lives radically transformed by the power of God unto salvation! I know this is God’s timing and there are many needs financially for every team member going (about 35 right now) and for the crusade itself. Thank you for your prayers!
Also don’t forget that we are here to pray for you! Submit your prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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