Devotional: ‘Whatever You Do, Give It Your Very Best’

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“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.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

In this passage of scripture Paul gives us two very important bits of instruction:

1) Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart

2) Whatever you do, do it as though you were working directly for the Lord

When Paul first wrote this passage of scripture, he was addressing many Christians who were slaves. History tells us that a large percentage of the Roman Empire was made up of slaves and therefore, no doubt a significant portion of the early church as well. Though Paul did not endorse slavery, he did encourage slaves to serve their masters with godly sincerity. Perhaps some slaves, such as Onesimus, served godly masters, such as Philemon. But most likely many other slaves served masters who were not as godly. Yet regardless of their circumstances, Paul instructed all slaves to serve their masters with their very best and to serve in such a way that demonstrated their Christianity.

I believe that the workplace is one of our most fertile fields for evangelism. I am not encouraging us to spend our employer’s time by preaching on the job; however, during the course of every workweek there will be many opportunities for us to let our light shine as a follower of Jesus Christ. Whether it is a casual conversation at lunch or how we respond to a certain duty, the way we conduct ourselves before others will have a direct impact upon how they view Christianity.

Consider once again Paul’s two pieces of instruction:

1) Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart

2) Whatever you do, do it as though you were working directly for the Lord

Though these are two simple pieces of instruction, they are very important and very powerful!

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