Whether you are self-employed or work for a company, you will always work for some. Work as unto the Lord and He will lift you up and give you favor.
Colossians 3:22-4:1 “22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. 4:1 Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”
Since we no longer have slavery in the US, people should look at this verse and apply it to the actions of an employee. Just for the record Paul was not advocating slavery, but chose to focus on the word to change hearts not societies. Slavery was an acceptable way of life in Paul’s day. Just like the wife obeying her husband, an employee is not responsible to follow the instructions of an employer if they are contradictory to the word of God or illegal. This could mean the loss of employment, but in Paul’s day it meant the loss of life. The key here is how we are to respond to the employer’s request for a task. Remember that in verse 17 Paul tells us that in whatever we do or say that we are to do it as unto Jesus. Verse 23 lines up with verse 17 in that the attitude behind what we do is as important as what we do. Christians need to remember that we are called ambassadors for Christ. As an ambassador our personal actions are a direct reflection on Jesus. We are to please the Lord because He first loved us and died for our sins. We do not try to please Him to gain our reward since it has already been given. This takes our actions out of the “works” mentality and into one of praise. Fearing God is actually an overwhelming since of love and utmost respect for the grace He has extended to us, not for anything we did but because of who He is. The reward spoken of in verse 24 is our salvation, our blessings, and the ability to come into His presence boldly, Hebrews 4:16. In many cases the rules and regulations that Christians try to follow are actually from men and not God since with Christ the only commandments are to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, sole, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself. With the understanding of rules vs. faith, if our actions are actually for the pleasing of man instead of God, then we risk falling into making wrong choices. Not trusting Jesus is doing wrong, rejecting His salvation is wrong, leading people into works or legalism instead of into an understanding of grace is wrong, and according to verse 25 God does not show partiality in His judgments. This is why it is so important to learn about grace and increase our faith, because without faith it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11:6.
I have added Colossians 4:1 with the last three verses from chapter three since thay are all of the same thought. Paul is teaching us that our behavior in public and private is important to God. We are encouraged to walk Godly in all that we do. In verse 4:1, Paul has singled out the master of the bondservant with specific instructions on treatment of a slave. This is no different than an employer to his/her employee.
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