Weekly Devotional: Working for the Lord

Man harvesting and working for the Lord in wheat field

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 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, NIV

Everyday when we wake up, we have to work for something. It could be working a job, at school, around the house or even just working to get through the day. No matter the task, we have the chance to choose how we approach it. Do we put effort and perseverance into our work? Or do we do the bare minimum of what is expected without putting our full effort into it?

Colossians 3:23-24 tells us to work with our whole heart like we are serving the Lord. When we do something, we should be putting our best foot forward with effort and perseverance. We are not doing it for others or ourselves, rather we are working for God and His glory.

The Same God at Work

“There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” — 1 Corinthians 12:6, NIV

Everyone has their own unique God-given talents and jobs that they fulfill. That means not everyone works in the same way. For example, some people may be good at interacting and working with people, while some may work better behind the scenes.

However, as Christians we know “it is the same God at work” within us (1 Corinthians 12:6). God can use us for His purpose, no matter our talents or occupation if we are willing to let Him work through us.

Reaping The Harvest

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” — Galatians 6:9-10, NIV

At times, we may become tired and worn out from the world and working, especially if we do not feel we are seeing results or that we are where we want to be. Galatians 6:9-10 offers some encouragement for when this happens. It tells us “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This does not mean that we should be working expecting rewards from God. Rather, we should be giving our whole selves to Him because of who He is and our love from Him. However, we know that God is using our work to create a harvest in His timing and for His will.

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