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Commit to Christ’s Lordship in Business and Vocation

  • Commit to the total and absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas of your life, including business and vocation.

Our faith is all-encompassing. Our faith should impact every area of our lives, even the area of work. Paul deals with serving the Lord while at your secular work in Colossians 3:22-25, saying

Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Paul commands slaves to fully obey their “earthly masters … with sincerity of heart.” In America, we don’t have slave-master relationships (praise be to God!); rather, we have employee-employer relationships. If slaves (who were not salaried) were to obey their masters “with sincerity of heart,” so much more should salaried employees obey their employers!

Ultimately, employees should obey their employers because in so doing they “work heartily, as for the Lord and not from men.” Even though your employer pays your paycheck, it is “from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” Therefore, “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not from men.” As you are pencil-pushing in a 5×5 cubicle, “work heartily, as for the Lord.” As you are teaching a class of disruptive students, “work heartily, as for the Lord.” As you are dealing with disgruntled customers, “work heartily, as for the Lord.” “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Even in the secular workplace, “you are serving the Lord Christ.”

But what about when your employer does you wrong? Maybe your employer short-changes your paycheck. Maybe your employer discriminates against you somehow. What then? “Obey in everything those who are your earthly masters.” Even when your employer wrongs you, you must not wrong them by seeking vengeance; rather, you must still obey them “in everything.” Why? “For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” God will judge your employer for the wrongs he or she does to you. And if you retaliate in vengeance against your employer, God will judge you for that. “There is no partiality.” God will judge both employer and employee. Therefore, employees, “obey in everything those who are your earthly masters … with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.”

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