Yesterday was the first day of going back to the office after 83 days of lockdown.

I was reminded of the verse taken from  Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”.

Before the Fall of mankind, God had given Adam the responsibility to tend the Garden of Eden and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). The world at that time was perfect: there was no sin and everything was perfect—freshly created. Yet, God had given Adam the responsibility (commandment) to work. Work is a gift from God.

After the Fall, however, work is viewed as a punishment — something which we need to do to survive and to provide for our family. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors toiled the ground with sweat to eat the fruits of the field. Today, we hustle hard to pay for our bills and our food.

Let us not forget that God is our Provider (Philippians 4:19). Jesus taught us not to worry about what we should eat or drink (Matthew 6:31-32). Therefore, apostle Paul reminded us to offer our work as an act of worship to the Lord. While apostle Paul was writing Colossians, he wrote to the slaves (or bondservants). He urged them to remember that our true Master is the Lord Himself. Work to please your Lord, not just your bosses.  

Whatever you do: house chores, office work, caring for your family, or personal matters, do them for the glory of God. When He is the motivation of all that you do, it will make the tasks more enjoyable. What makes it more enjoyable is that we will be rewarded for serving the Lord!

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