What does it mean to work for God?
If we come to a place in our lives where we live for God more than we do for ourselves, our own plans, or others the concept of working for Him and not for men will be easy to accomplish. What does it mean to work for God instead of Men?
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17 NASB
“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 ESV
God is asking us to give our best at everything. The dreaded filing, copying, and working with people that we have difficulty with we must do it all for God. We must come to the conclusion that we do not work for Starbucks, the Government or the Church but we work for God. God provides all of our needs not the company. God will heal us from sickness and disease not the paycheck we receive. At the end of the day who do we give the credit to for putting a roof over our head, food on our plates and hot water for a nice shower? If we answer the job, the paycheck we receive, I do, it’s wrong! God is our provider (2 Timothy 6:17), God is the one ensuring we have all of these things and it is our faith in Him or lack there of that leaves us lacking or overflowing with abundance. So if God is our provider, than we are working for Him, not the company. If we had to report to God everyday as to what we accomplished, how much time you slacked off, would it be the same as what we reported to our boss? Can we honestly go before God and contest that we have done our best at everything in that job. That we show love to our co-workers on a daily basis? Giving them grace and forgiveness when needed, and asking it from them when we fall? Can we tell God at the end of every day that we have done our best?
He is asking us to do that, do our best because He is our provider, He is our boss and He is the one we must face. If we want a raise we need to go to Him, if we want a new job we need to go to Him, if we want different hours and more vacation we need to go to Him. If we lack in these things than it is on us, because we fail to do what God has asked. So next time you sit at work, trying to figure out what to procrastinate on first, remember God is the author and finisher, He is the one signing your paychecks not the CEO of the company. The next time we have a frustration against another, before we take it to the world (the office gossip) lets lay it at the feet of God and let Him guide us in our actions.
“Set you minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
The death this verse speaks of is not literal death but the death that occurs of your old self when you are baptized with Christ raised from the dead and become a new person in Him. He is telling us to not look on the worldly things (Colossians 2:8, 20-23), don’t look at the here and now that says we can’t or it won’t happen but to continually set our mind on His things.
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:17 ESV
When we ask Him into our life, make Him the Lord of our life and seek Him in all things everything holds together. When we stand in Christ the devil will make His attempts to steal, kill and destroy but when we stand in Christ and have faith in Him for all things, taking authority with the power of the Holy Spirit, God will hold everything together!