Who Do You Serve?

Colossians 3:23-24 (TEV)
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for men. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what He has kept for His people. For Christ is the real Master you serve."

As we go about our daily lives, working to pay our debts, saving a little on the side for a rainy day or for retirement, and setting aside what is left for other things, do we work with all our hearts or do we do a half-hearted job? Do we follow good examples in what we do or do we let bad examples influence our deeds?

Even if the one who sets a poor example in terms of conduct is someone we may love and respect, we are to do right in whatever we do. It may often be difficult to do so, but we are called to do so by God. Christ will walk with us and help us to do right in difficult circumstances if we allow Him into our lives. We need to remember to not look to anyone other than Christ for our example in terms of conduct in our working lives, and in whatever else we do. We need to pause and consider whether what we do is consistent with the principles Jesus Christ has given to us in the Gospel, for it is Him we are to serve. And it is Jesus who will reward us for our wholehearted service.

Because we are servants of Christ, we are to do what He approves of, not what others are doing. Even if those others include teachers, friends, or members of our family. When we view our work and what we do in other activities in terms of doing it for Christ, we will not only be better people and neighbors to one another, but we secure for ourselves the reward He has promised to His people when we accept Him as our Master.

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