Christ-Centered Work – Colossians 3:22-4:1
What does it look like to go to work in the name of Jesus? In this sermon Pastor David explains how the Gospel transforms the way we work. He also addresses the issue of slavery.
Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. 1 Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. ( Colossians 3:22– 4:1)
It is interesting to note that slave is a favorite self-designation for the apostles and other writers of Scripture. James claims this title for himself in the opening verse of his epistle (Jas 1:1). The same is true for Peter (2 Pet 1:1), Jude (Jude 1:1), and John (Rev 1:1). On top of that, Paul repeats that he is Christ’s slave throughout his other letters: in Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 2 Timothy, and Titus. The term is used at least forty times in the New Testament to refer to the believer. We may safely conclude that the Lord wants His people to understand themselves in this way. The essence of the Christian life can be described in terms of slavery to Christ.