Colossians 3:17 (ESV) — 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO EVERY DAY? I’m asked that question quite a lot because of the false belief that Pastor’s have it easy.
Strangely enough, when I was in pharmaceutical sales, I was asked the same question. That’s because the nature of my work usually has been focused on promoting products or building organizations.
Sometimes the work was very monotonous, even downright annoying. Other times, during significant moments in my career, the adrenaline of the work propelled me into each day of work. Vacillating between high’s and low’s of work can sometimes be exhausting but worth it.
Most of the time our work, what we do, seems inconsequential as if it doesn’t matter. But more often or not, coaching executives usually are quick to point out that the “little things” matter. When we stop focusing on the mundane stuff, the exciting things rarely happen.
St. Paul reminds us of this truth in Colossians 3:17 where he writes, “whatever you do in word or deed.” This command contains a broad range of implications. Why? Because ordinarily, the outcomes of our work are dependent upon what we “do” and what we “say.” He seems to envision that from the moment we wake up to the moment we lay our head on the pillow each night matters to our Lord Jesus. And if matters to our Lord Jesus, then we had better pay attention to how we carry ourselves.
What is more remarkable about this little phrase is the context in which he writes. He was writing to Christians who were slaves. Many of us feel like slaves to our circumstances, whether it’s a job, spouse, family, a situation in life, or something else. But rather being cynical or depressed about whatever is master over us, St. Paul says “look at yourself as serving the Lord Jesus Christ instead.” That’s a significant shift.
Fast food giant Chick Fil A has mastered this concept when they ask “how can I serve you?” If you say thank you, they respond by saying “my pleasure.”
What a pleasure it should be to serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords. So give thanks to him for where you are and for what you do, today.
Prayer. Father inspire your workers today to speak, act, create, design, and serve to the best of their ability through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.