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Verses 23-25: “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. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.”

I remember some years back there was a report that described an observation by the Chinese government about their workers. Seems they realized that among the most productive workers were Chinese Christians. A factory manager commented that “If you’re a Christian you’re more honest, with a better heart,” he says. “The people who aren’t Christians aren’t responsible. I think it’s very different.” “I’m not saying those people who aren’t Christians are all bad, but from the percentage of the workers who are Christians, they seem to be more responsible.” “Also when they do things wrong, they feel guilty – that’s the difference,” he explains. I found a reference to that article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10942954.

Sounds like that factory manager is discovering the truth that Paul told the Colossians in today’s verse. In our daily jobs, no matter how much we like/dislike them, we need to pursue excellence to please God, not earthly bosses. Remember that in the previous verse reference, we were to “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17); that includes our occupations. Yes, do we need to work to make a living and provide for our families? Certainly. However, how we perform our work can indeed be just as much a witness for Christ as what we say. That’s a lesson I know I, myself, need to remember every day.

Something to think about.

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