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Who’s the Boss?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” —Colossians 3:23

Who’s the boss? We encounter this verse (short enough to memorize, so do accept it as a challenge this week) in a larger context discussing the roles and relationships of husbands, wives, parents, children, and even slaves and masters.

In all of these human relationships, it is not the earthly hierarchy we ought to be concerned with, but rather the heavenly.

Your boss is Jesus.

The first thing to recognize in this verse is mention of our attitude: “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” It can be a grind—working for the man, or the paycheck. But yours is a higher office.

You work, first and foremost, to honor the Lord. Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 company or waiting tables in a diner, you have the opportunity today to worship God in your work.

This is a liberating realization: whatever you do, you do it for the Lord. You can give today’s tasks your best effort. You’re not seeking man’s recognition, but God’s glory.

“Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.” –A.W. Tozer, “Pursuit of God”

How will you approach your work today? All too often we attempt to compartmentalize—separating work and faith.

Today you’re faced with a decision: Will you believe in the Lord, and choose to serve and honor Him in all you do—at home, at school, in the office, out in the community? Will you consider every work a priestly ministration today?


My prayer for this week:

Gracious Lord, I want to live my life after your heart. I want to honor you and not be so enamored with human approval and appreciation. Will you help me get the hierarchy straight and do all my work, with all my heart, as unto you? May others benefit, and may you be glorified!