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. (v. 23-24)These verses are profound to me personally. I’ve walked in a variety of different roles in my 40 years of life. I’ve done things in my life that don’t seem to amount to much or so it felt that way at the time. And I’ve done things that people would say are huge difference makers. But as my pastor, Craig, spoke this past weekend, we are not average Christians. We are ambassadors for Christ whether we are changing diapers, grading our students papers, homeschooling our children, attending seminars on business trips, or speaking to hundreds of people at a time. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us as Christ Followers. And even if you don’t think where you are in life is important or meaningful, it is. Paul exhorts us to work as if we are working for the Lord. And while our earthly reward may come in the form of a promotion or a pat on the back in our work setting or in the simplicity of a child’s laugh after a long hard day, our ultimate reward is the inheritance we have from Christ. Press on in whatever God has called you to do this day. Make a difference in the life of another. Believe that God is using your life. Because He is.
The book of Colossians is one of my favorite books in the New Testament. Paul is the author and he wrote it to the church at Colosse while he was in prison in Rome. His purpose in writing this book was to show the believers there that they have everything they need in Christ. I especially love the 3rd chapter. In fact, there are a couple of verses that have been a tremendous encouragement to me over the years: