this pleases the Lord

Read Colossians 3:18 – 4:1.

Whenever I’ve read and heard this passage discussed before, it’s almost always been  approached from the standpoint of having the “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” question foremost in mind. We race to answer the question of behavior. But in our haste, to “get ‘er done,” we tend to overlook the one thread of thought that ties this whole text together, though mention is made of such seven times in this brief passage. We race right past the greater question we dare not miss: “For whom am I to live my life?”

No matter who you are, or are not. No matter your role in life or what you do. No matter how young or old you are. No matter your gender or background. No matter what day of the week or where you are. Your life as a Christian is designed with one thing in mind – it is to be deliberately lived out for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Your daily task is to discern what is and is not, “fitting in the Lord.” Your ceaseless concern is to do what “pleases the Lord.” The attitude and spirit with which you approach all things is to be “with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” After all, everything about you and what you do is to be done “as working for the Lord.” This you must never forget, “have a Master in heaven” and it is him, “the Lord Christ, you are serving.” And it is he who he is eager to give you with “an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

Father in Heaven, keep me sensitized to your Son’s presence and care today. Gently remind me throughout the day, I pray, that Jesus is Lord, and I am not. For I ask this in his name. Amen.

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