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,

Amanda

 

 

7 Comments on “In Service to the Lord”

  1. Colossians 3:23-24 is a staple around my house. I always ask myself and the kids if Jesus were to walk in this moment would you be excited to show him your room, schoolwork, the chore you just did? Or would you be embarrassed of your work that you didn’t do the best you could for Him? I want Jesus to be proud of the works I am doing and I want them to be fit for a King.

  2. NKJV Colossians 3: 23-24 “The Christian Home”. I receive this as the Lord ensures us as believers that we will receive a just eternal compensation for our efforts.

  3. KNOW GOD’S HEART

    Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, Titus 2:3-5.
    Listen carefully to what the Lord is saying as you read these passages. The love referred to in both instances is not romantic love. Rather it is a sacrificial love, a love of choice. It is choosing to put another above yourself in order to love unselfishly. What is God saying to you?

    TAKE IT TO HEART

    Read 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a.

    Slowly and prayerfully read through today’s Scripture. Copy and paste it into an email or text to yourself and/or write it on a 3×5 card and post it where you will see it – on your refrigerator, by your desk, or on your mirror. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it today.

    SHARE GOD’S HEART

    Where do you need to die to self? When you think through 1 Corinthians 13, what phrases pop out to you most? Or do all the verses just run right by without much meaning to you? If a verse pops out to you, take that verse today and put it into a prayer. If nothing stands out to you and it all just runs together, ask the Lord in your prayer time to show you the area where you need the most improvement.

    This is part of a devotional called Pearls of wisdom for marriage. It seems to fit nicely with today’s topic.

  4. What beautiful Words this morning! As we understand the importance of honoring, highly esteeming, valuing the people in authority. Those above us, those equal, and those under our authority, that have been entrusted to us. Laboring in love, as Jesus did and does. I think about how Jesus was restrained in the town of His people of great and glorious miracles. He was not received with honor. Those people only received no reward or partial rewards. We want full rewards for those around us and for ourselves. Not for our glory, but for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I believe honoring authority is so very important. I believe it should be attached to the agape love that is in us in Christ Jesus. As the Lord is maturing me, He is showing me so much in the arena of honoring authority. I look back over my new life in Christ and see so many rewards lost because I did not esteem and honor all people as Jesus does. Yes , enthusiastically we can serve the Lord and magnify His glory right here on earth. I knelt before the Lord in repentance, forgiveness and cleansing for my failure to honor each precious person in my family and those He brings into my life, if even one time, I ask Jesus to pierce my heart with His pure heart and agape love for people. There was many tears shed that day, glory and honor to our faithful God, in Christ, empowered by His Holy Spirit. When I arose off my knees, He appropriated this request. If you have never done this, I invite you to a most blessed invitation. You will not be disappointed precious and mighty Diva’s! God is faithful and deserves all honor! I love you all very deeply!

  5. The NASB subtitle is “Family Relations” – v23 – 24 really stands out to me in this context because if you truly work as unto The Lord & expect reward from Him then it takes away the blow when others don’t step up & do their part. When you view it as a service unto the One you can count on vs. those who often let you down it’s easier to stay motivated to press in & not give up or get bitter. Thanks Amanda – needed that

    • You DIVAs have great words of encouragement today! Hallelujah! Thank you Kheanne for including the chapter heading. Is anyone else willing to share another heading? Bless you today!

  6. I was just reading about fruitfulness this morning during my devotional time. Jesus tells up to bear fruit, much fruit. “Fruit” is different than “works”. It all depends on who our hearts are connected to. If our hearts are connected to the world, then our labor will be works. If our hearts are rooted in Christ, then our labor will produce fruit. Fruit is the natural outgrowth of our union with Him.
    Have a blessed day and let us all produce much fruit.

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