“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! Such was the case for one person 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 particular school making sure that it went up fine and met her dues. 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.”
Sometime back later when he stopped by to visit the school he had spent all his years building, almost no one could recognize him. The school had since move on with new staff. Almost all his projects had been abandoned. He was hugely disappointed. “All these 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 beings are fickle; they can fawn praise at you and say all the nice things while around and still matter. But the day you disappear, many quickly move on to sing tune for the next person on the throne.
Paul reminds us that when it comes to working let us invest in our effort as for the Lord, who is not like men, 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!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!