Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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October 19 – Serving The Lord

“Servants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.”  Col. 3:22-25

Devotional Thought For The Day

The apostle reveals how Christians live “in the world” but in fact are not “of the world.” We are encouraged to be among the best workers in the world, working “heartily” and fully subservient to those whom we serve [the only exception being if/when we are instructed to violate God’s Word].  From all external appearances, this looks like we are trying to get ahead, to excel, to toady up to our bosses.  Others may assume that we are motivated by worldly passions, selfishness, greed, pride, and the desire for upward mobility.  Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.  We are actually working hard as “for the Lord,” out of love for Him, so that our motivation is love and service to others for Christ’s sake, and not selfishness.

This attitude and mode of being is quite freeing.  Whether our boss and co-workers are reasonable, decent, good, OR whether they are ignorant, evil, or froward from God, we do our jobs the best we can and have great joy in serving and helping others – for we do it all out of reverence for God and His great love for us in Christ Jesus.  When we do not receive proper “reward” for the good work we are doing this does not deter us – we continue working just as hard and just as conscientiously, for we know “that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  We do not have to worry about “fairness,” at least not as it applies to us, for we know the “fairness” of God and that He will reward us appropriately, if not in this life then in the next.

We are to be concerned about “fairness,” however, as it may apply to us in regard to our treatment of others.  If we are engaged in “wrongdoing” toward others, whether our boss, fellow employees, clients, customers, or those who work for us, we must remember: “there is no partiality.”  Just because we are Christians gives us no excuse for abusing others, mistreating them, deprecating them, or refusing to allow them proper reward for their labors, sharing in the profits.  There “is no partiality” with God in these matters – and this includes those churches that crush their workers with low wages and keep wealth for themselves, especially those “Christians” who delight in keeping church leaders “subservient beggars” in the house of God.  Those responsible for such “wrongdoing,” balancing the budget on the backs of their workers, will be “paid back.”  This same apostle warns us all:  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” [Gal. 6:7]

This is part of the “transformation” that Christians experience through faith in Christ Jesus, the renewing of our minds.  Where we have failed in this, and are responsible for laziness or taking advantage of others, we must repent – and turning to God in confession we will receive the full and complete forgiveness and pardon that He has promised is ours in Christ Jesus.  In the warmth of His love, and the strength of His Spirit, we then work at implementing this new perspective in our own life and being – so that we are increasingly freed from selfishness, greed, laziness, anger, and our willingness to treat others unjustly.  In this way we bear witness to the power and goodness of God’s love, and will have opportunity to speak to others of the hope that is within us – that motivates and empowers our newness of life.  Hopefully, they will join us in Christ’s regenerating love through faith, and God’s goodness will multiply around us.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, without thought of personal gain You came into this world, ministering Your Word and love to all, and providing us with the invaluable redemption that gives us eternal life.  Strengthen us in understanding Your love for us, and free us to follow You in love in all that we do.  Remind us of our greatest privilege, that of serving You in all that we do.  Keep us mindful of this in everything we do in service to others, that what we do to them we are doing to You.  Amen.