The “I’s” Have It

Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB - Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.

Assist with excellence in all life’s work, especially that which builds up God’s kingdom. Work is not a curse - God designed humanity to work before Adam fell into sin. But the attitude, passion, and excellence with which we work is a choice that is often hindered by our sin nature. We have a choice to focus on the sense of duty or look for that which can make our service a delight. In Colossians 3:23-24, there are three things emphasized to help remind us of what, how, and why we should serve with excellence:

1. Intimacy

Ultimately, our work and service is an expression of worship to God no matter what men may be involved. Excellence expresses intimacy.

2. Incentive

As much as at may seem uncomfortable to some, God promises to reward (Hebrews 11:6). Salvation is a gift, but your works and service will be rewarded on a level that goes beyond simply going to Heaven. Remember, God keeps good records.

3. Intensity

In Colossians 3:23-24, there is an emphasis on “doing”. To serve God is to be actively “doing”. Even the way you handle your employment is a reflection of your faith. Excellence in serving is about action and attitude - skill and enthusiasm. Though it’s easy to look for the negative, it is healthier - and more Christlike to be grateful for the privilege and opportunity to serve. You serve the Lord Christ more than any human client or employer. We serve Christ's Church and mission with first-class effort and skill because our excellence in action honors God and inspires others.

Do you view you your job (even if it includes school or homemaking) as an opportunity to serve God with excellence? Will you serve the cause of God’s kingdom with the same work ethic, enthusiasm, and excellence you would devote to other labor?