Join us today for an episode about working like it is worship...
Today's episode is focused on Colossians 3: 23...
In today’s spiritual foundation episode about investing in yourself, I talk with you about Colossians 3:23. I share some of the context and meaning behind this passage. I also share why this is a powerful verse for all people.
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Episode 957: Work Unto The Lord
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[00:00:30] Scott Maderer: we really should not be wasting our time and our energy because it's not ours. It's gifted to us by God. That's what stewardship means. And then it says, was working for the Lord, not for human masters, keeping God in mind for our motivation, for all that we do.
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[00:01:15] and today's spiritual foundation episode about investing in yourself. I talk with you about Collosians chapter three, verse 23. I share some of the context and meaning behind this passage. And I also share why this is a powerful voice for all. So on Monday's episode yesterday, Roy talked a little bit about how this is one of his life passages and you'll hear various translations of it, but basically it says whatever you do work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
[00:01:50] Collosians chapter three, verse 26. Now the context of this passage was actually about bond servants who are serving [00:02:00] their earthly masters. If you go back and you read before and after what's coming in this part of this book, it's clear that this is talking in the context of bond servants. Now in the Roman world, bond servants had no rights.
[00:02:17] They had no justice. They just basically had to work because the Lord told them to the Lord in this case though, being their master here on earth. And what this is talking about is actually going about all of your work with all of your heart. Even though you have no rights, even though you have no justice, simply because of the fear and the loyalty and the character of God, it's not for the earthly people.
[00:02:46] Labor it's for God, the ultimate master. So if this is the way that a bond servant a slave, basically someone who had no rights is supposed to think about [00:03:00] the work that they do, then think about how those of us that have freedom and independence and maybe our own job. And these sorts of things should actually be thinking about the work that we do.
[00:03:15] What are its work that we do for a boss, for a client, for a customer, for our family, for a volunteer organization that we work with, whatever we do should be done as an act of worship unto the Lord. If God created us in his image and called for us to be productive. Among many other things, God calls for us to be creative and productive and to work and that doing these things would glorify God if we're doing it for God's sake and doing it to the best of our abilities, God intends that we would create value on earth because God has [00:04:00] delegated to us.
[00:04:01] Our work. It is an act of sacrifice and service and obedience. To actually work in that way. If you think about this passage, it says whatever you do it, doesn't say only when you're doing the work that you like. It doesn't say only whatever you're doing work that you're paid for. It doesn't say anything.
[00:04:23] It says whatever you do, all the work that we do should be done for the glory of God. And that would actually include even really anything that we do. Rest relaxation. Any thing that we do at all should be done in some sort of service or community or some sort of recognition of the glory of God that it says work with all of your heart.
[00:04:51] In other words, if it's worth doing it's worth doing well, it's worth doing with excellence, it's worth doing right. We really should not be wasting our [00:05:00] time and our energy because it's not ours. It's gifted to us by God. That's what stewardship means. And then it says it was working for the Lord, not for human masters, keeping God in mind for our motivation, for all that we do.
[00:05:16] It's not that we don't pay attention to what our boss wants or our client wants. It's not that we don't look at those that have feedback or energy or input into us. It's not that we ignore what people say and do it's that we recognize that those folks. Have authority over us only as it is given to them by God.
[00:05:38] And that we need to make sure that God has the ultimate authority. And at the end of the day, even if they want us to cut corners, even if they want us to take the easy way out, we should step up and do what we're asked to do by God. That's why this is such a powerful. [00:06:00] Because it tells you that everything you do has value, but it also tells you that everything you do, you have to step up and deliver on that value, because that is what God has asked us to do.
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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, - Colossians 3:23