How are you? How is your week going? Can you believe it’s already March?
This past Sunday, we talked about our call to worship the Lord through our work. Have we been worshiping Him through it this week?
For some of us, work takes up more than a third of our lives. After all is said and done, can we bring that third of our lives before the Lord and present it as our worshipful offering?
You don’t have to be a pastor, missionary, counselor, or teacher in order to worship God with your work. Our work is a fulfillment of the Cultural Mandate (Genesis 1:28), and according to Martin Luther, our work becomes the fingers of God through which He provides for and blesses His people.
This means that our faith in God gives us the dignity in our work to worship Him meaningfully. Also, our faith gives us the motivation in our work to worship Him excellently.
In this week’s passage (Colossians 3:22-4:1), we see that we are not ultimately working for man, but we are working for the Lord. This means that we are called to be consistent in our excellence in our work, whether it’s major or minor and whether it’s public or private.
Lastly, our faith in God gives us the discipline in our work to worship Him solely. This means that we are not working for our own glory. Work does not give us our ultimate identity. It does not give us our ultimate worth. It (or its fruit) does not give us our ultimate treasure.
How? It’s because of the work of Christ. He worked the work of salvation for us so that we may be free from the toil of work. Work has given us thorns, thistles, hardships, and burdens. It leaves us dry, weary, and empty.
But Christ was the One who took on the thorns of our sin for us. On the cross, He was left dry, weary, and empty to the point of death for us. Because of Christ’s work, now He becomes our ultimate identity, our ultimate worth, and our ultimate treasure.
Once that truth settles into our hearts, then we are free to make work our worship. We are free to not let work become our identity, worth, and idol. We are free to center ourselves on Christ and to display His glory and beauty through our work.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)
Hope to see you all at Friday Night Study this week as we are finishing up Romans 11. If not, I look forward to seeing you at Lord’s Day worship this Sunday.
Pray for yourselves. Pray for the church. Pray for the world.
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