Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:22-41

“Slaves, 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.” (Colossians 3:22-24)

I am afraid that most Christians fail to understand that all vocation is a holy calling from God. At creation, God established vocation. Adam was given the responsibility to care for the garden of Eden that the Lord God had created — “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15). Therefore, work became a holy calling, a holy vocation.

Whatever work we do is to be seen as a holy calling — even being a slave in Paul’s day. The great motivation for doing work well is found in these verses — “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for Lord and not for men.” This should cause us to strive for excellence in our vocations, no matter what they may be. We are ultimately working for the Lord.

But let’s go deeper into the passage. Our work is a means to serve the Lord — “You are serving the Lord Christ.” This is true for all vocations, not just for those in professional ministry. Whether one is a doctor, lawyer, business person, sales person, construction worker, painter, plumber, or landscape worker, he or she is ultimately working for the Lord and serving Him through the work they do.

Lord God, thank You for the holy calling You have given each of us. I pray that whatever I do, I work heartily for You. Let me do my best in my vocation so that I can bring honor to You. Thank You for the privilege of serving You through my work.


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