Happy Friday! Today’s devotion will conclude our reading in Colossians chapter three. There was/is a lot of information packed into 25 verses. Enjoy today’s devotion and your weekend.
Bible verse – Colossians 3:22-25 through 4:1 NLT
“22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.
Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.”
Apostle Paul reminded the believers in Colosse of various points throughout chapter three. Those points included our inner life as Christians, getting rid of our old sinful nature, putting on the new life we have in Christ – new virtues, and our households – primarily our relstionship with our spouse and child(ren) as Christians. Today’s verses focus on us as employees and our response as employees or leaders over employees.
Sisters and brothers, Apostle Paul is calling us to be Christians in the workplace or any place we are called to lead or volunteer. That would include our attitudes, our willingness to work, our response to our co-workers and supervisors. As we work, let us work as if we are working unto the Lord and not for man.
Remember we are representatives of Christ wherever we are. Trust that the Lord sees your diligence even when others do not or do not treat you well – the Lord will fight your battle(s); He will give you wisdom and discernment regarding the matter. Trust His guidance.
Sisters and brothers, allow the Lord to use you:
- Pray for your employer
- Pray for those who are over you
- Pray for those you work with
- Pray for those you supervisor or lead
- Pray for yourself – that wherever there is anything within you/us that needs to change that the Lord will begin that transformation process
Father God, thank you for insight and wisdom on how to be a representative of you in our personal lives, in the church, in our homes and at work. Continue to guide us in all the areas of our lives. Help us to live out what we have learned and trust You as we allow others to see Christ in us.
Lord we pray for those who are having difficulties at work, with co-workers, supervisors, etc. Lord we pray for improvement in their work conditions. We pray for those seeking employment and we ask that you give them favor on job interviews, with hiring departments and with those they will be reporting to. Lord, where people have been mistreated in the workplace turn the situation around in their favor. Where they are burnt-out with all the changes at work and fear of COVID-19, bring them peace, give them rest and renew their minds.
Lord, continue to work in our lives and help us to draw nearer to you. Help us to be an example of you. Keep working in us and change us. Lord, we also pray for India and all the other nations still struggling with COVID-19. Lord, continue to provide resources for those communities to get the care and vaccines that they need. Lord, we pray for all the families who have loss loved ones and ask that you comfort them. In Jesus name, amen.
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