Who Are You Serving? - Your Daily Forward Devotional


Who Are You Serving?


September 22


Read Colossians 3:22-25 (ESV)

Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.



Who would you consider to be your “earthly masters” in today’s context?


Our society today has a major authority problem. Many children do not obey their parents, employees want to make the rules instead of the employers, school leaders deal with students who refuse to comply and parents who defend their disobedient children, people pulled over for minor traffic violations disregard the authority of the police, on and on. As a result, there is chaos out there. But God is not a God of chaos. He is a God of order. And that is why the Bible repeatedly shows us God’s good design for authority.


In today’s passage, Paul addresses those who are under authority—bondservants or slaves. It is important to note that the Bible does not advocate for slavery. Slavery was a reality in society at that time and the early church needed to know how to reflect Christ within that institution. So, Paul gave the Colossians instructions to regulate the practice of slavery within the early church and the first regulation was that slaves should obey their earthly masters.


But how can we relate to this today? The workplace. Most of us are either in the position of employee, employer, or both. In today’s context, those who are employees should obey their earthly supervisors because their supervisors have been put in a place of authority over them. The employee will be held responsible for disobedience and the employer will be accountable for how they lead (as we’ll discuss tomorrow). In verse 25, Paul said that there isn’t any partiality. Whoever is in the wrong will be disciplined no matter what their position or rank.


Paul also gives us a good reason to obey this command from God. He says that we aren’t to obey our bosses simply to please them. We are to obey our earthly masters because our heavenly Master told us to. We should be motivated by our desire to obey and please the Lord, not men. We are to obey the Lord in all things.


Paul also addressed our work attitudes. Do we grumble and gripe as we perform our duties? Do we do the bare minimum just to comply and then check out for the day? If so, this is not how we are called to behave. As Christians, we are to reflect the servant heart of Jesus. We should be sincere, diligent, and “work heartily.” That means that we should put our whole hearts into the task instead of giving a half-hearted effort. Paul encourages us to remember that while we might get paid or promoted or recognized here on earth for our work that is well done, our real reward will be from the Lord.


Friends, who are you serving? People or the Lord? What is your motivation for the work that you do? What is your attitude towards work? I encourage you to do a heart check evaluating these things today. As Christians, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of our witness for Christ in the workplace. The best way to reflect Him at work is to serve the way that He served when He walked this earth—humbly, whole-heartedly, and obedient to God.



Lord, thank You for being a God of order. I know you have put authority structures in place to avoid disorder and chaos. It is for our good. But I confess that sometimes I balk at authority and want to be my own boss or grumble my way through my work. Remind me that I am serving You, Lord, not man. Help me to work humbly and whole-heartedly just as You did. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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2 months ago
thank you
5 months ago
We might even get paid, promoted, or recognized here on earth for our work that is not well done. It does happen! That will also be dealt with by the Lord. We will not get away with it in God's eyes.
9 months ago
I would consider my supervisor or boss to be my earthly master, because God our heavenly father told us so. We should obey the lord in all things, we should be sincere, diligent and work heartily.
9 months ago
The one think you seem to leave out is people who have been pulled over that seems to be a minor traffic violation and end up dead and they did nothing wrong that would cause them their death, as well as walk home minding their own business and get killed by the very people who are being paid to protect the public. As you said God is not a God of Chaos and corruption yet we are electing political leaders who are just full of Chaos and corruption to which we are turning a blink eye to their chaos and corruption because their so called value are inline to what we believe in, therefore we follow them as if the words that comes out of their mouth are the exact words of God even though we know that it not. We rather believe in a lie with no base of the truth than to believe the evidence of the actual truth. We live in an existence where personal greed is the driving force of our reality existence and where the survival of the fittest Trump the actual word of God of “Do Unto Others As You Have Them Do Unto You.”
9 months ago
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