Work as for the Lord rather than for people

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23, New Living Translation

Whether you are just starting out or have been at your current work for many days or decades, there will come a time when you will need to find motivation just to keep going. For some, it is the promise of a secure future and for others it is the thrill of learning or trying something new. Proper motivation is important for the short and long term.

The Apostle Paul records for us the motivation we should exhibit in whatever situation we might find ourselves at our work. In today’s world many factors create pressure on us. For example, some are worried their positions will soon be obsolete, and they will be replaced by some new technology. There are others who are concerned about competition forcing the companies to downsize in order to stay productive. And there are some who realize no matter how proficient they are at their jobs, there are many more talented who are seeking an opportunity to advance into their positions. The number of causes of pressure is endless.  

Many of the factors mentioned above are out of our control. All we can do is be faithful and responsible for what we have control over – our own performance. When our motivation entails doing our work at the highest quality we can produce because we work for the Lord, God honors that perspective. He will control the rest of the circumstances.

Pastor Arnold Wong