We read in Colossians 3:23-24, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”  Whatever the task before us, the Lord wants us to do our best.  He is glorified in that.  When those who profess to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior are seen working hard and honestly, that reflects well on the Lord.  The Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Our actions, whether good or bad, will reflect on the Lord.

The Christian should be the hardest worker, the most faithful to get to work on time, the most honest of all the workers and work with a good attitude.  All of this will give honor to the Lord as others witness our good work habits and know our testimony as believers on the Lord.  It was said of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 31:21, “And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”  It should be that employers would go out of their way to hire Christians because of their exceptional work ethic.  Sadly, it is not always true that believers are the best and hardest workers, but we should be. 

Believers should realize that their labors are ultimately for the Lord.  “Ye serve the Lord Christ.”  When we keep in mind who we are truly working for (no matter what the task is), we should be motivated to do our absolute best.  Ecclesiastes 9:10 exhorts us, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…”  Even as a child’s action reflects on his parents, what we do will reflect on the Lord…and we want to represent Him well, don’t we?

It is good to know that we can glorify the Lord in EVERY task that we do, when we do it for the Lord’s glory.  Colossians 3:17 instructs us, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”  In our everyday jobs, we are exhorted to honor the Lord with not only our actions, but with our attitudes.  Ephesians 6:7 tells us to serve, “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.” 

It is apparent that we are to live our lives to honor the Lord.  When we are at work, we should do our best.  When we perform different tasks, we should do our best.  As we strive to have a godly family and raise our children in the faith, we should do our best.  In Philippians 2:13 we read, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  It is the Lord working in the heart of a believer to give him the DESIRE to honor the Lord.  It is also the Lord working in the heart of a believer to give him the ABILITY to honor the Lord with his life. 

May we all stay constantly aware of the fact that we work for the Lord.  Let’s do our best for Him, no matter what others around us are doing.  Let us be respectful of our bosses, not be argumentative, not be lazy, give an honest day’s labor for our daily wages, and go above and beyond when the occasion arises.  We “work for the Lord Christ” in ALL we do.  (391.4)