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Colossians 3: 22-24 

 

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,  knowing that from the Lord

You will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.  

 

I can't wait for my inheritance.  No, I am not waiting for all my relatives to finally die!  I want the inheritance that Jesus promised me when He said in Acts that He was going to prepare a place for me.  I think about this often.  For all liturgical churches, All Saints Day is fast approaching.  I will be singing a beautiful older song that Sunday called "I Bowed on my Knees and Cried Holy".  It talks about wanting to see Abraham, Moses, and all the guys, but it finishes with the phrase "I want to see Jesus, cause He's the one who died for me".  So, what about this passage from Colossians?  What does it mean?  What does it say to us now and for our future?  Let's start with the fact that it is written by Paul to a group of new Christians who were primarily Gentiles.  Paul was very happy with their new-found progress, but their church was being threatened by local heresy.  Sound familiar?  It does to me.  So Paul addresses them in worldly terms as bondservants and talks about eyeservice.  What is that?  Paul says don't only work hard when the master is watching, but at all times. Paul then tells them how to carry out their tasks whether they be great or menial.  He says do them heartily to the Lord and not for men.  We can all put this advice to good use.  We are supposed to be working for the kingdom and its master, Jesus Christ, not for men.  Let's measure our performance as if God was doing our quarterly evaluations, not our earthly boss.  Let's live up to His standards, not ours.  Why?  If we do, Paul tells us that God will give us our inheritance.  This is our salvation and place in heaven.  This supports who we should be serving and how we should be performing. Don't be confused. We are saved by Grace, not by works, but it only follows that  because of this acceptance, we should want to do our very best for Him and God our Father everyday.  I am so excited about my inheritance through my acceptance of Jesus Christ my Savior.  Whatever I do, I will do it heartily.  Won't you join me?Whatever you do, do for God and do it well. Won't you join me? Whatever you do, do for God and do it well. Won't you join me?