Who Do You Work For?

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Colossians 3:1-4, 23-24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that . . . you are serving the Lord Christ. (v. 23)

My children have become obsessed with a television show that features elite athletes competing to defeat a difficult obstacle course. Each episode features interviews with the athletes. And almost without exception, the athletes identify some cause for which they’re competing: “I’m doing this for my kids . . . I’m doing this for my late mother . . . I’m doing this so the world knows my name.”

Most of us will never be interviewed on television. But all of us are working for a cause. We are working to earn the respect of our colleagues. We are working to earn the admiration of a spouse. We are working to secure a happy life for our kids. We are working to please a teacher or boss. These are worthy motives. But they are imperfect. There always comes a point at which we fail in an ambition, are unrecognized in an accomplishment, or lose motivation after an achievement.

In Colossians 3, the apostle Paul introduces the perfect motivation for any task—however difficult, mundane, or unseen. Paul reminds us that behind every earthly cause there is a heavenly one: the cause of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Jesus notices the sacrifices the world ignores. Jesus delights in the abilities the world undervalues. Jesus redeems our work by including us in his work. You always have a cause in him. —Ben Van Arragon

Prayer: Lord Jesus, today let me work as though serving you.