- Joe Norton
Working Heartily as to the Lord (10/30/2022)
“Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:22-23).
This teaching comes at the end of a series of “behavioral instructions” to family members that Paul is sending to the Colossian church, this instruction being directed toward those called bondservants at that time—it corresponds to employees in our society.
The core of the message centers around integrity—he is teaching workers not to be hypocritical in their service to those over them: they are not to pretend to be good, honest, faithful workers when their supervisors are around and then be the opposite when they are not.
Paul carries his instruction further in the next verse by making it a spiritual command: whatever we do as a worker, we do it with the same fervor and integrity we have when we are working for the Lord. If all workers exercised this kind of work ethic, how different our world would be.