In Service to the Lord
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 Not every bible has headings over portions of scripture. If yours does, I am curious what it would read over these verses. The Holman reads “Christ in Your Home.” Does it spark your curiosity? The verses preceeding these gives directives for wives, husbands, children, fathers and slaves. Verses 23-24 could be read as a continuation of direction for slaves towards their masters but I see it applying to all those addressed in this section. If you are in agreement let’s pray and read on! Thank you Lord for your inspired word. I pray it brings truth and light to our walk. What an opportunity we have to allow Your light to shine through us so others can behold Your glory through our daily activities! Show us that the things we do are not mere tasks needing accomplishment but rather an opportunity You have given us! In service to You, help us to be delightful. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray!
Whatever you do (“whatever” service “you do” for your household members such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping, preparations, straightening up…you get the picture) do it enthusiastically (as well as “whatever you do” in relationships such as communication, loving, assisting, forgiving, caring for…) as something done for the Lord (as a show of thanksgiving for what He has done on your behalf) and not for men (We are a servant to the Lord first and foremost. The service we perform is a loving sacrifice to Him. It is laid upon the altar and others enjoy the secondary benefit of the act. We shall lay aside our fleshly need for acknowledgement and offer our service as a gift to God. Can you picture it all?) You serve the Lord Christ (as opposed to any other person…including ourselves).
The Lord instructed the Israelites on the importance of presenting the “firstfruits” of the land as an offering to the Lord their God (Exodus 23:19a, 34:26a, Numbers 18:12). They were to offer their best to Him in thanksgiving for all He had done for them. Afterwards, everyone benefited from the remaining “fruit”. From this illustration can you see how the Lord desires us to serve Him by offering Him our best? The next time you prepare a meal, clean the house, or perform any other activity the Lord has graced you with the unique ability to perform, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord. Offer Him the “firstfruit” of your labor. Will the sacrifice ascend from the altar as a pleasing aroma? Oh Lord let it be so!
In His grace,