Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The Lord wants you to carry a deep heart of gratitude in your ‘whatever’!
Paul says “whatever you do…do it in the Name of the Lord Jesus with thankfulness”.
Your working life takes up such a significant part of your time so it is a major “whatever you do”. Paul is saying something quite challenging to every Christian. You might not like your job, you might not like your boss, you might not like your pay but “whatever”, do it in the name of the Lord with thankfulness in your heart.
Often a lot of Christian counseling relates to people carrying a lack of joy in relation to their jobs. Paul doesn’t say to be thankful and do it in the name of the Lord only if you like your job or you are well remunerated. It is a carte blanche –“whatever you do”.
I’ve traveled to underdeveloped regions of the world and it’s amazing the joy many people have just to possess a simple job and to be paid ‘something’. I remember once watching my son play football and there was a very old man whose job was to pick up all the rubbish and empty water bottles. He was doing it with joy on his face because those lines were etched deeply!
We need to carry gratitude and say thank you to the Lord on a regular basis, otherwise, we can allow the ungrateful spirit of the world, to rise up within us. We end up complaining because others might be better remunerated, or work in a better location, or have better working hours. Even though we have many wonderful blessings provided to us, we remain discontented because it’s not enough!
Paul says “do it in the name of the Lord”.
What this means is regardless of where you work – whatever you do and wherever you do it – work as though you are working directly for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
You might be working for a human boss but the Lord is your ultimate Boss in the marketplace. I was having lunch with one of our banking professionals who is still relatively new in the Industry and he shared the following story. He was walking in the corridors of his company when the bank’s ‘big boss’ walked by. He said he immediately had this sensation of the Lord saying something within him. The Lord said “that person is not your boss, I am”.
What a powerful revelation to receive!
Don’t worry and jostle when it comes to the world of your employment. See the Lord as the Boss in your life. Give back to Him what belongs to Him (the tithe), commit your way to Him and watch what he does in your career – it will exceed your wildest dreams! (Ephesians 3:20)