#038: Three Elements of Proper Motivation in our Work

Paul said the motivation demonstrated in our work was important for the Christian. He spoke of the importance of being a doer, doing it right, and doing it for the right reason.


Writing to the Colossians Paul said,

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 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. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. Colossians 3:22-25 (NIV).

Slaves represented 35-40% of the population of the Roman Empire in Paul’s day. Slaves were the workers who carried out the instructions of their masters. The relationship between slave and master is similar to the employer and employee relationship in today’s world.

Paul is telling Christian slaves to obey their master’s instructions whether the master is there watching over them or not. He also tells them to do their work with all their hearts as though working for the Lord. Why should slaves work in this manner? Paul says, because they are serving the Lord and they will receive their inheritance from Him as a reward.

If we accept the parallel between the employee/employer relationships a Christian in the marketplace should:

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