Rewards; May 24, 2019

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

It’s important to remember that Paul is specifically addressing slaves here. We may think we have a bad boss, but this leaves us no wiggle room. This is why a dedicated Christian is always going to be the best employee. People will do amazing things if they think the reward is big enough, and we have the biggest reward imaginable awaiting us. The Japanese here specifies, “inherit God’s kingdom.” You can’t get a bigger or better reward than that! Keeping this focus in our lives eliminates all sorts of stresses. If we are consciously serving the Lord Christ in all we do, frustrations and irritations fade into insignificance. When our vision of Christ as high enough, (as I spoke on this past Sunday) doing anything at all for Him becomes joy rather than drudgery. That’s part of the “peace that passes understanding” that Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7. When we get worked up about what others are doing, we need to remember the very next verse here: “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” (Colossians 3:25) When we really have it through our hearts and minds that God is our Boss, we can rest, relax, and rejoice, just as He has told me personally to do.

I am in the perhaps enviable position of not having a human “boss,” but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of stuff to do. Not having a human taskmaster, I need to listen all the more carefully to what my Lord is telling me to do. I exist because of Him and for Him, and the better I remember that, the better off I am. Today being my 50th wedding anniversary, I am extremely aware of the incredible rewards and blessings God has prepared for those who love Him. Realizing that I have tasted only the barest hints of them completely blows my mind! Anything on this earth is bearable in comparison. I find myself understanding more and more what it means when it says that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before Him.” (Hebrews 12:2) It is a truism, but God is indeed good all the time.

Father, thank You for Your indescribable grace. Thank You for the past 50 years, and for the incredible partner You have given me with whom to get through them and enjoy them. She has been and is indeed “a helper suitable for me.” (Genesis 2:18) Thank You for Your grace in allowing her to get out of the hospital today so that we can spend the day together other than in the hospital. Today is indeed a reward, and a magnificent one. It’s hard to grasp that it will pale in comparison to all that lies ahead. May we receive each moment in gratitude and praise, for Your pleasure and glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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