1. Describe a time when you had a job you didn’t like.
2. What was most eye-opening about the message?
3. What does it mean for you to “work for the Lord and not human masters”?
4. How is Jesus our example of Godly work?
Colossians 3:22-4:1 Work for God
- Before we can look at what this passage is saying to us today, we must first deal with the issue of slaves in the text.
- To understand what’s happening we must first understand the proper context of the slaves and slavery that is being address by this passage.
- The institution of slavery in the New Testament times was actually a necessary and vital part of the economy and it was meant to be a redemptive practice and not an abusive one.
- Our modern day institution of employer/employee relationship is very reminiscent of Greco-Roman slavery.
- Therefore, what is being said about slavery to them is being said to us about our jobs and careers.
- We are to obey our earthly masters, and not just on the surface level that they can see but with sincerity of heart.
- Most people only work to avoid punishment from their boss and to earn recognition for themselves.
- If I am only motivated by serving my earthly masters than I will always do the bare minimum and put all my effort only towards what is visible.
- The Bible says that we are to work as if working for the lord and not human masters.
- If we work for human masters, everything we do is an act of obligation. But if we work for God, then everything we do is an act of worship.
- So if our work ever begins to falter, it is most likely we have lost our focus from God to the world.
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