Today’s bible verse is Colossians 3:23-24:“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
This is an extremely interesting verse and one that anyone who has ever worked for something or inherited something will be able to relate to easily. It begins by admonishing us to work at what we do with all our hearts, then makes it a bit difficult by telling us that we are working for the Lord, not for men.
Nearly all of us do work for men or women on a daily basis. We have a job or profession and we do it diligently. Many of us try to advance within our chosen work, even breaking through the “glass ceiling” as successful women. We work long hours, often forego lunch breaks and take work home with us. We are driven to perform, to provide, and to pursue our labors.
And for this work, we are rewarded. We are rewarded with acclaim, advancement, a steady pay check, health insurance, stock options and a retirement plan. We all need these things in our lives and work to achieve them. And, in doing so, we spend our days working for men and women in our trained endeavors.
Yet, are we doing the work of God? In doing the work of men and women, have we consciously spent our days also doing the work of God and following the ways of the Holy Spirit? Have we been not only successful in our chosen field and been good providers, but children of God?
It seems fair to say that many of us truly have been doing both the work of men and the work of God. They are inextricably linked as Christians, and every moment we are waking, regardless of what we are doing for our livelihood, we are engaged in the work of God. How often has someone said, “God bless you” upon leaving a department store or office building? How many times has someone taken a moment to show true Christian caring, love and charity in the hallway or the cafeteria? Many.
Columbia Prayer Chain
Wednesday, November 30
In our prayers: Loretta, Amanda P., Jennifer and Roger, Monica, Pat and Tim, Tommy and Robby, Kathryn, Sharon, Ted M., Kathryn, Delores G., Mary, Lynn, Linda L., Mary M., Jeannie, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Donna Hotaling, Jerry Callahan, Russ Meyne, April Goodwin, Laura Bushnell, Loretta M, Kody Oswald, Edgar Maxwell, Laura Lou Rummans, Elizabeth Adams, Gene Awtrey, John Conde, Millie Husbands, Clyde Ireland, Sam King, Bob Whiteside, Chuck Witten, Lindsay Cathcart, Raven Tarpley, Elizabeth, William Alex McDaniels, Maddie Rosenthal, DuBose Tuller, Lynn, Frances R., Nancy and Ann, John W.
In memoriam: Vivian Hiers Andrews, Alf Overstreet, David Miller, Samuel Coley Bowen, Johnnie Ivey, Cleveland Stuckey Holladay, Andrew Alvin Milling Jr., Dominic John Ruffalo, Ronald Dean Ray, Henry Morrell Addy
Our prayers are with: The lonely, the elderly, the homeless, the unemployed, all victims of abuse, all currently fighting cancer and other illnesses, all beloved pets, our president and congress and all who serve in the armed forces
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