Pondering Paul’s Epistles – Colossians 3:17-4:1
Verse 23 – “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.”
Hmmm – seems like Paul is trying to get a point across here. Whether you are a wife or a husband or a child or a father or a mother or a slave or an employee – whatever you do, never forget that first and foremost you are doing it unto the Lord. Me thinks that this is something we often forget. It’s as if we think that our actions are hidden from the Lord. Would it make a difference in our conduct and conversation if we knew that God were standing alongside us? Well, guess what?
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In August 2007, a major bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people. In the weeks that followed, it was difficult for me not to think about that tragedy whenever crossing a bridge over a body of water.
Some time later, I was watching an episode of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. Host Mike Rowe was talking to an industrial painter whose work he was trying to duplicate. “There’s really no glory in what you do,” he said. “No,” the painter agreed, “but it’s a job that needs to be done.”
You see, that man paints the inside of the Mackinac Bridge towers in Northern Michigan. His unnoticed job is done to ensure that the steel of the magnificent suspended structure won’t rust from the inside out, compromising the integrity of the bridge. Most of the 12,000 people who cross the Straits of Mackinac each day aren’t even aware that they are depending on workers like this painter to faithfully do their jobs well.
God also sees our faithfulness in the things we do. Though we may think our deeds—big and small—sometimes go un-noticed, they are being observed by the One who matters most. Whatever our task today, let’s “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17).