23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

What would you consider the most important responsibilities of your job? What would you consider the most unimportant and even possibly meaningless responsibilities of your work? For many people, the value of their work can be boiled down to the value they see in daily tasks. However, those who follow Christ are to judge the value of work by a different standard.

In Colossians 3, Paul reminded his readers that they were to work as unto the Lord and not just for the immediate rewards. More specifically, Paul wrote this encouragement to slaves. These would have been individuals who likely did not have much in earthly possessions or the hope of earthly gain through inheritance from family members.

Still, Paul had a better word for these Christians. Their work was not in vain and their hope was not without reason. Those who are in Christ are to work in all things, recognizing that it is the Lord they are serving, not just their earthly masters. Though those Paul wrote to may not have received an earthly inheritance, they had the certain hope of an eternal inheritance gained for them by Christ.

Even in the most ideal work situations on earth, the gain will eventually pass away. Followers of Jesus are called to work not only for the immediate compensation they receive, or according to the perceived value of their tasks, but as if they are working for God Himself. After all, it is He that we are truly serving, not just those who are directly connected to our work. When we work this way, we submit another area of our life to the rule and reign of our King, Jesus.

• How much would you say your work ethic is influenced by the value you see in various tasks?

• How does Colossians 3:23-24 bring value to even the most mundane tasks of your work?

• Pray for a greater obedience to working continually as unto the Lord and not for man or earthly wealth alone.