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The Satisfaction of A Successful Work Ethic

July 16th, 2006

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.
You re serving the Lord Christ”

(Colossians 3:23,24)

Mark Twain once appeared at a grammar school graduation as the honored speaker. One of his functions was to present awards to the students. One boy’s prize was a big Webster’s Dictionary. Twain had this to say about the award—“This is a very interesting and useful book, my son. I have studied it often, but I never could discover the plot”.”

When it comes to asking what is the major plot of the Bible, there is a theological theme which must not be overlooked; that theme is the “the work of the Lord” (John 5:17; 6:28-29; 1 Cor. 16:10). To be able to participate in the work of the Lord is man’s highest duty and privilege. There can be no more satisfying occupation than the work of the Lord. No Fortune 500 Company can rival this magnificent work.

Are you satisfied with your work ethic? Ask yourself–am I contributing to the work of the Lord? Notice that Colossians 3:22-4:1 grounds the Christian work ethic to one’s relationship with the Lord. In other words, your work ethic is a reflection of your relationship with Jesus. Participate in the plot of the Bible.

-Robert M. Housby

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