Work for the Lord
A devotional thought from Mike Cosper for “Created to Work”
How would you do your job if the president of the United States walked through the door? Or the CEO of your company? Would it look any different than your ordinary work? Paul told the Colossians, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24).
The author of Hebrews similarly said, “Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it” (Heb. 13:2).
In both passages, the authors remind us that what we see is, in some cases, not the whole story. In the Hebrews passage, we see that an ordinary effort to serve someone could actually be an encounter with an angel. In the Colossians passage, Paul says that all of our work is to be for the Lord.
We’re to work as though our boss, our customer, our client, or our manager is Jesus. Each moment of our workday, each moment of our lives, is an opportunity to live as though we are serving Him directly.
Many of us try and squeak by at work. Get the minimum done. Take extra breaks. Cheat the clock. Flee the boss. Others are enslaved to work, resulting in obscene hours and suffering families. Some who raise kids and manage homes full-time rely too much on TV, while others dominate and micromanage their kids.
How might these change when Jesus walks in the door?
Pause and Reflect
• What parts of your vocation are you not proud of? What would you try to hide if Jesus came to see your work? How could that change?
• What aspects of your work give you the greatest joy?
• How would you celebrate your work if Jesus came by the shop or office?