“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” - Col 3:23-24 (NIV).
Perhaps you have heard a saying that people forget so easily! It so happened to a friend of mine who after investing so much of his time and energy into building one mission school, the day he left, it was like good riddance. Almost all his working life he had been at this school making sure that it went up fine and cemented its place. So huge and consuming had been the task that often it came at being away from his family for long periods. But when it was time to leave the school was as if, “we can’t wait to see your back.”
A couple of years after his departure he stopped by to visit the school he had spent all his years building. To his shock and dismay almost no one could recognize him. The school had since moved on with new staff and projects. He left very low. “All the years I spent here and no one remembers me!” He shook his head.
In our verse today the Apostle Paul challenged the Christians in Colossians that when there are working they should put in all their effort, but as one serving not men but the Lord. Paul has a point here: human nature is fickle; we can fawn praise and say all the nice things while the person who matters is still around. But the day he disappears, many quickly move on to sing tune for the next person on the throne. Hence the Baganda say, "amogooma gavugila aliwo"- the day the King is off throne choruses of praise cease!
So, Paul reminds us that when it comes to working let us invest our effort as for the Lord. This is because God is not like us humans, quick to forget once we disappear off the radar. Rather, the Lord has for us a reward, as 2 Timothy 4:8 says: “in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, how pleasing it is to know that when I work it is as if I am serving you for while men so easily forget, you do remember, and have a reward for those that serve you in earnest, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!