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Colossians 3:22–25

Key Verse: Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

Do you have trouble keeping a job for longer than just a few weeks? Do you spend your wages even before you get it? You may be praying for a miracle, but perhaps you do not need a miracle as much as you need repentance.

The apostle Paul wrote, “He who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Col. 3:25 nkjv). This means that if you show up for work a half hour late, or if you take a few extra minutes beyond your allotted lunch break, then you are not living like a saint; you are living the life of a cheater and a time-clock trickster.

The world has its own ever-changing work ethic, while the kingdom has an eternal work ethic rooted in the timeless principles of God. The world says, “Do just enough to get by. Work is only a means to get what you want and to finance your lifestyle.” God says, “When I give you a job, do more than you are asked. Work, plan, and steward the resources on the job as if you were working with your own. Do not show up late like everybody else. Show up on time and do it for Me, not to impress men. Remember: work with your whole heart.”

When you do these things, God empowers you with a new level of creativity and supernatural ability. If you are wondering why you have not received a raise or promotion in three years, do not blame the Lord. Look a little closer to home. Look at the way you have handled the job God gave you. Is your conduct worthy of a raise? He has placed divinely inspired abilities and creativity within you, but they will not be released until you understand that you are not “working for the man.”

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have handled my responsibilities on the job, at church, and in my own home in ways that do not honor You. I had forgotten that You see all things, even though men and women cannot. Please forgive me for my poor stewardship and grant me the grace to make a new start today. Release Your ability and creativity in my life for Your glory.


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