標 題： 為了主，不是為了人
經 節： 無論做什麼，都要從心裡做，像是給主做的，不是給人做的。（歌羅西書三章23節）
For the Lord,
And whatever you
do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23)
There is an important difference between doing something for people and
doing something for God. God always deserves our best effort. People will
disappoint us, betray us, neglect us, and mistreat us. Some will constantly ask
for what we can give while offering nothing in return. From our human
perspective, these people deserve our minimal effort at best. What then should
motivate us to serve people, except our love for God? God deserves our love,
and He demands that we love others in the same way He does. We are to love our
spouses, not as they deserve, but as God commands (Eph. 5:22–33). We are to
treat our friends, not as they treat us, but as Christ loves us (John 13:14).
We are to labor at our jobs, not in proportion to the way our employer treats
us, but according to the way God treats us. God is the One we serve (Eph. 6:5).
Mediocrity and laziness have no place in the Christian’s life.
Christians must maintain integrity at home and in the workplace. Working for
God, as opposed to working for other people, changes our perspective as we view
our endeavors in light of what He has done for us. Our toil then becomes an
offering to God. We not only worship God at church on Sunday, but our labor
throughout the week is an offering of worship and thanksgiving to the One who
has given us everything we have. When people do not measure up to our
expectations and we feel our efforts are being wasted, we must keep in mind
that we are toiling for holy God. He is worthy of our best effort.