It Is the Lord You are Serving

by | Jun 3, 1999 | God's Hands, Service

“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.” – Colossians 3:23-24

When the famed Bible teacher Harry Ironside was a boy he worked for a Christian cobbler named Dan Mackay. Harry’s task was to take a piece of cowhide that was soaked in water and to pound it with a hammer until it was hard and dry. Then he found out that other cobblers took a short cut and would attach the leather to the shoes before they were dry. “They come back all the quicker this way, my boy!” one cobbler said. Harry brought up the idea of Mr. Mackay. Mr. Mackay replied: “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Harry, I do not cobble shoes just for the four bits and six bits (50c or 75c) that I get from my customers. I am doing this for the glory of God. I expect to see every shoe I have ever repaired in a big pile at the judgment seat of Christ, and I do not want the Lord to say to me in that day, ‘Dan, this was a poor job. You did not do your best here.’ I want Him to be able to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”

No matter who your employer is, Christ should be the one you are working for and serving. Who do you work for? Today in prayer, thank Christ for your job and do it unto Him with all of your heart.

“Keep us Lord so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in peace and awake in glory.” – John Donne

God’s Word: “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.” – Colossians 3:17

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It Is the Lord You are Serving