. . . whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus . . . (v. 17)
A woman once told my Mexican friends that she works at the movie studio. They were intrigued and curious: Was she an actress? A director? A producer? They finally asked her what her job was. With beaming eyes she said, “Vendo tortas.” Her big job at the studio was selling sandwiches at lunchtime! But she was still quite proud of the fact that she worked at the movie studio. And why shouldn’t she be? Her job, though seemingly insignificant, helped keep the studio functioning.
It’s when we see our place in the larger scheme of things that we begin to appreciate the importance of what we do. The slaves in Colossae could have easily thought of their drudgery as meaningless. But Paul encourages them to see their service in the light of Jesus Christ, and work with eagerness. If they are really toiling for the Lord, then their work truly matters, and there is a generous reward waiting for them. May Jesus help you place whatever hard or humdrum tasks you face today in their proper perspective. And may you do them with a grateful heart—for him.
Lord, help me to see where I fit in your grand plan, and serve you there with joy.