walk in the word
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23–24, esv).
Paul’s exhortation about working for the Lord is so practical we may gloss over its radical nature. In fact, other than your decision to believe in Jesus Christ, the choice to serve Him will be as formative in your spiritual life as any other decision.
Serving Christ isn’t just about doing overtly spiritual tasks. No corner of our lives is ever empty of opportunities to serve the Lord, regardless of how menial or seemingly inconsequential the job He places before us.
Consider the way you’re to work for Him. The word heartily doesn’t mean frantically. It refers to an all-in attitude. It also anticipates the joy you can experience when you serve Christ wholeheartedly in things He has actually wired and gifted you to do. And the commitment to serve heartily requires you to be in God’s Word regularly. You cannot afford to wander away. Time in Scripture is like a briefing for the days’ activities in the place the Lord has called you.
People are counting on you to be a faithful servant, whether they realize it or not. You have an awe-inspiring privilege to work in Christ’s kingdom. If you open your heart to this, you will begin to see an array of service opportunities set before you each day.
Serving Christ also tethers your heart to the cross. As you begin to take steps of service, you will find it’s not necessarily a lighthearted or carefree endeavor. There will be times of intense joy, deep camaraderie, and great fun—but also times when fatigue and discouragement are part of the experience. Humbling yourself and serving is tough, and it’s easy to want to throw in the towel when things don’t go as planned.
When we start to feel weary, we must fix our eyes again on Colossians 3:24: “You are serving the Lord Christ.” Especially when we get discouraged, we can rest in the truth that our lives and what we do aren’t about us—they’re about serving the Lord.
Now some will consider this choice to serve but do nothing. They’ll feel the tug of possibility, the longing that could lead to great things, but think, Not for me, that sounds too much like work. What a tragic waste of opportunity.
Others may have experienced burnout after an intense season of serving. That happens, but don’t stay on the sideline forever. Ask the Master what He has next for you, and over time (and sooner than you might imagine), He will empower you for a new season of serving that flows from your deepening love for Him. Choose again to serve Him.
Do you want a life guided by the Lord, encouraged by His blessings, and marked by a sense of purpose? The life you were designed to experience begins with a decision only you can make: Choose to serve Jesus Christ.
Lord, I trust Your Word, which instructs me to work heartily for You. Forgive me for so often revolving my days around myself and my desires. I don’t want to squander this short life or neglect the great privilege You’ve given me to work for You here on earth. Please open my eyes to opportunities to serve You. Remind me of the example of my Servant-King, who not only continually served those around Him, but ultimately gave His life for those who would follow in His steps. I pray that my service for you would be diligent and honorable in Your sight. Thank you for the privilege of working for You. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
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