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Work for the Lord

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which he promised to his people. You are serving the Lord Christ. But remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong, and the Lord treats everyone the same.

Colossians 3:23-25 New Century Version (NCV)

Most of us work at something. Many of us work at jobs in an effort to sustain our lives by providing financial security for ourselves and our families. Some of us work in the home by caring for loved ones or maintaining our possessions. Work is often looked upon as an obligation requiring us to be available to serve someone else on certain days and at certain times. We sometimes grow weary from the routine as we toil every day. We look forward to time off from work and find ourselves wishing away our days, even at the beginning of our work week. Vacations and ultimately retirement beckon us to look forward to an extended time of rest and relaxation. But then what? What happens when we do stop working?

We also work on relationships. We work on friendship and marriage. We work at parenting and fellowship. Sometimes we even need to do some work on ourselves. Those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ experience a relationship with Him. Working out our salvation through a relationship with Christ should surpass any work that we do. When we focus on Him as the Source of our strength, He helps us get any job done. The indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to keep going, even when we grow tired and weary. As we labor daily, it is comforting to know that if we work as if we are working for the Lord, He lifts the load and lightens the burden (Matthew 11:29-30).

Today and every day, let our perspective toward our daily grind be one that reminds us that in any work we must do, we are serving the Lord Christ. From Him we will receive the strength we need to get through it and He will give us a true and lasting reward of rest when our work is done, even as we live on earth. God worked pretty hard to make this world, but He also rested. He knows the needs of the people He created in His image. And remember, whoever may think they are the "boss of you" reports to Jesus too.

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