“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Col 3:23 — Col 3:24
My take: Paul reminds us Christians that our highest motivation should not be earthly rewards. Yes, these are nice and should be just but they pale in significance compared to the eternal reward Jesus shall provide to His faithful workers.
The command here is to work heartily. Other versions say enthusiastically, from the soul, with you whole being.
Working with people is difficult. Christ too had his challenges with people but he remained steadfast to His work; to His mission. His driver was pleasing God not being a disengenius ‘people pleaser’ nor an unmerciful tyrant. He set goals and performed at a high level to please His heavenly Father. By keeping this in mind, it carried Him through battling the Devil in the wilderness, the dissapointment of the rich young ruler walking away, the betrayel of Judas – his treasurer, and even one of His innermost confidents denying knowing Him.
In spite of all these then apparent attacks and failures, by keeping His eye on the prize and remaining whole-hearted and steadfast, God worked it out for good. He will do the same for us. Amen? Amen!
Emulating Jesus should be our main goal as a Christian. Afterall, a Christian is to be like Christ. Right? Though impossible on one hand, through God’s strong right hand; indeed possible.
And being like Jesus is also our great reward, once we are promoted and receive our great reward and prize. So being like Christ is the highest calling and highest prize; both the goal and reward.
My prayer; God I know You have my back so long that I am faithful and do my best to serve You. Please forgive my many shortcomings and empower me to thrive in this chaotic world.