|“The Christian life requires hard work. Our sanctification is a process wherein we are coworkers with God. We have the promise of God’s assistance in our labor, but His divine help does not annul our responsibility to work (Phil. 2:12-13).” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24
In the raising of our children, one of the most important lessons my wife and I sought to impart was the necessity of picking an audience. Everyone plays to an audience. All seek to please others. Few decisions in life are as critical as picking the right audience. Who do you seek to please? Whose approbation do you long to have? Your parents? Your employer? Your spouse?
The apostle Paul echoes the Mind of God; you seek to please Him and Him alone. The reason: You serve Christ and He determines “the reward of your inheritance.” Interestingly, Paul polarizes the issue; you work for Christ and not man. You cannot do both. Jesus said you cannot serve two masters, 241 and the object of your desire to please is your master.
You seek to please others for Jesus’ sake, but only in so far as you do not have to compromise your priorities and convictions. Only you can know if the kind of job you do and the hours you work are “as for the Lord rather than for men.” It is important for you to spend time alone with Jesus reviewing the object of your desire to please so that you will “not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”242
241 cf. Matthew 6:24
Nehemiah 4-7 Acts 2:22-47 (New King James Version)
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