Saturday, March 24, 2018

Colossians 3:23-25 -- On Working for God

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons."
Colossians 3:23-25

The message here is basically that everything we do, we do for God.  It's kind of hard to get our heads around sometimes because there are other people and organizations involved.  We have employers that we represent, or families, or schools, or other things that we are a part of.  We interact with people and if it isn't in some official capacity through our work, then we think of it as just between us.  ... And I think the message here is that there is always more going on.  On some level, we are always working for God, and representing him in what we do.

Instead of blowing off interactions that don't seem to matter, remembering that we are serving God in everything perhaps can help us to be more present even in the moments that don't seem to matter as much, and we can pay attention and really care about and do what we can for the people around us... even the ones we only see in passing.  We can be "hearty" and involved, serving God with a smile or just learning someone's name... doing what Christ would do, and noticing and caring, wherever we go.

The last verse is also a good warning for us... if we do wrong, we're going to have to face that and repent for it, or get wrong restored to us.  The good in the rest of our lives doesn't make up for the wrong, no matter who we are or how cool we have been.  It doesn't "balance out."   It's never going to be okay to just do a little wrong.  We have to face it, and heal it, and change ourselves so that we clean the wrong and the desire to do wrong out of our lives.

Today, let's clean up our lives, and even in the little things, let's remember that we work for God.  Let's work on truly representing him and doing as he would do, showing kindness and care for the people around us, and working on becoming truly good, inside and out.

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