Honest Reward

March 10, 2013 by  
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Colossians 3:23-25

Work for the LordWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (NIV)

Wholehearted commitment is essential for entrepreneurs. If they do not put everything into it, they cannot expect to get anything out of it.

But they are working for themselves; the reward is proportional to their effort and skill. Employees may think differently if their pay is guaranteed. They might work when they are watched and do the minimum to avoid punishment.

Those working for relatives might have an even more casual approach. Paul tells the working people in the church that those attitudes are wrong.
Their ultimate Master is not their boss, but Jesus Christ. So work wholeheartedly.

No slacking, no complaining, no argument about rates of pay. Jesus has put everything into His job of salvation and expects you to give your all.

Work for the LordYour pay is not your only reward; you have an eternal inheritance which can never be devalued (1 Peter 1:3-4). Although work may be hard, and the boss unfair, Jesus will make sure that your reward fits your labour and He is fair.

People who do wrong are punished, even if they are in His family. So Christian employers must show no favouritism, and right-minded employees will honour that principle.

The church and workplace are much closer together than many realise. We do not change identity on Monday morning.

So we should honour the Lord as much at work as we do in worship. He is the same Lord and we are the same people, so why do some believers treat their workplace as being outside of God’s interest and authority?

He actually knows more about the business than your boss; has greater influence than your customers or suppliers and knows the end of every research project before it is started.

Jesus will reward youHe is fair to all and hates people ‘pulling strings’ to get an advantage. Honest hard work will be rewarded.

Even if the pay rate is low here, Jesus will make sure you have a full reward.

So, go to it!

Work as though Jesus is right next to you … because He is!!

Prayer for the day  : –

Dear Lord God.
I am glad that You never change and that I am always Your special child. Thank You that You are as close to me at work as at church.

PrayerPlease forgive me when I give less priority to worshipping You at work, by my hard-working obedience to my boss, than when I pray, study and sing.

Please help me learn how to have such an integrated Christian life that my work becomes worship, and that I look to You for a full reward one day.

May my life in the workplace glorify You, and attract others to follow Jesus too.
In His Name. Amen.

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” Forgive As God Has Forgiven You ”

ForgiveOnce, I met a sprightly Christian lady in her seventies who looked a lot younger than she was. Curious, I decided to find out the secret of her youthfulness. As we talked, I learned that she was someone who was easygoing this happy-go-blessed lady doesn’t take things to heart when offended and is quick to forgive or let go.

She reminds me of an encouragement that God gives us in His Word: Be tenderhearted and forgiving.My friend, God has your best interests at heart when He tells you to forgive and let go.

He wants you to be happy and to live a long, healthy life.Nursing a hurt or anger against someone and having unforgiveness in your heart aren’t worth losing your joy, peace and health over. Beloved, if you find it difficult to forgive someone, then look to the cross and see how perfectly God has let go every sin you have and will ever commit.

Bring Jesus into your bitter situation. When you know how perfectly He loves you and has forgiven you, you’ll be able to forgive that person too.And the more you let go of offenses against you, the less the enemy is able to make inroads into your mind, heart and body.

Like the lady I mentioned, you’ll live a happier, healthier and longer life, with a lot fewer wrinkles and frown lines!

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